The ninth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers will look to extend their winning ways when they hit the road to take on SEC rival Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. While the Vols are coming off a convincing win the last time out, Vanderbilt will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering a heartbreaking loss over the weekend.
College Basketball Predictions – No. 9 Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Why Bet On No. 9 Tennessee
Ninth-ranked Tennessee (3-1 SEC) has won two straight since getting upset by Alabama 71-63 on Jan. 2. The Volunteers are coming off an emphatic 68-54 spanking of Texas A&M on Saturday. Sophomore guard Santiago Vescovi scored a career-high 23 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the way to victory.
“I was not feeling that good like in terms of rhythm of my shot,” Vescovi said. “I really don’t know what happened today. I was shooting the warmup and couldn’t make (a) shot and then I got into the game and they started falling, so I just started taking opportunities.”
Tennessee got 11 points from senior forward John Fulkerson and 10 points from freshman guard Jaden Springer and led by double figures throughout the second half. The Vols are ranked a phenomenal third in points allowed nationally (56.8 ppg). Tennessee has gone 2-0 on the road this season.
- Points/G: 76.8
- Field Goal %: 46.5
- 3-Point %: 34.9
- Free Throw %: 74.6
- Rebounds/G: 34.3
- Points/G: 56.8
- Field Goal %: 38.4
- 3-Point %: 31.2
- Free Throw %: 67.1
- Rebounds/G: 27.5
Why Bet On Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt (0-3 SEC) has dropped three straight and four of five overall. The Commodores come into this matchup having lost its first three SEC contests including a narrow 84-81 home loss against Mississippi State on Saturday. Scotty Pippen Jr. scored 18 points and dished out 12 assists in the loss. Vanderbilt hit three 3-pointers on its last four shots to get the score within 82-81 with eight seconds left before the Bulldogs sealed the deal. The Commodores have gone 4-3 at home this season but have dropped two straight.
- Points/G: 74.0
- Field Goal %: 42.9
- 3-Point %: 35.3
- Free Throw %: 75.8
- Rebounds/G: 34.4
- Points/G: 70.7
- Field Goal %: 45.5
- 3-Point %: 32.4
- Free Throw %: 68.6
- Rebounds/G: 31.3
Tennessee Volunteers (9-1) Vs Vanderbilt Commodores (4-5)
- When: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, TN
- TV: ESPN2
- NCAAB Odds: TBD
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Vanderbilt has almost no chance whatsoever for the outright upset against a clearly superior Tennessee squad. The Vols average exactly 20 points per game more than they allow defensively. Vanderbilt is one of the poorest shooting teams in the nation at 42.9 percent from the field.
Tennessee has won six straight and eight of the last 10 meetings against Vanderbilt. The Commodores are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 3-1 ATS in their last five games this season, so Vandy could cover what looks like what could be a double-digit spread, but I like Tennessee to win this game convincingly!
Pick: Tennessee 77 Vanderbilt 66
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