College Basketball Picks: Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday, 3/1/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Tennessee -9.5
Current Betting Line:  Tennessee -9.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Tennessee Volunteers are 4-1 SUATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons
The Tennessee Volunteers are 4-1 SUATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons

Vanderbilt has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 57-54 setback to the Florida Gators as 8.5-point home underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fifth consecutive contest.  The Commodores are down to seven scholarship players, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks, especially since three of them occupy the top spots in terms of minutes played in SEC play.  Vanderbilt is 1-4 SU and 3-2 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points, with the OVER going 3-1 in that situation.

The Commodores have 127 blocks as a team this year, which already places them sixth on the all-time list for an entire season.  Vanderbilt point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season—averaging a 11.5 points and 4.4 assists per game.  It’s important to point out that the squad is 8-0 SU when making more threes than its opponent and 11-3 SU when holding a lead at the break.

Tennessee sits in a four-way tied for fourth place in the conference standings and will look to build on a 75-68 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs as 9.5-point road favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.  The Volunteers are 20-6 SU against the Commodores when playing at Thompson-Boling Arena, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Tennessee is 4-1 SUATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

The Volunteers have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Jordan McRae leading the way at 19.7 points a contest.  Tennessee rallied from a 12-point deficit but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 64-60 loss to Vanderbilt at the Memorial Gym on Feb. 5.  The program is 4-7 SU in its 11 games played against opponents with an RPI of 70 or better.

Sports bettors will likely back the Volunteers due to their 4-0 ATS mark at home versus teams with a losing road record.

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