College Basketball Picks: Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Texas Longhorns

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Texas Longhorns
Monday, 12/2/13, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Texas -7
Current Betting Line:  Texas -8.5
Opening Total:  140.5
Current Total:  140.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Texas Longhorns have won 45 consecutive home games against unranked non-conference opponents
The Texas Longhorns have won 45 consecutive home games against unranked non-conference opponents

Vanderbilt has won back-to-back games, including a 77-68 victory over Loyola Marymount as six-point neutral-site favorites last time out, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  The Commodores are led offensively by sophomore guard Eric McClellan, who is averaging 16.8 points and is a native of Austin, Texas.  Seven of the team’s nine scholarship players scored in double figures at the recently completed Paradise Jam.  Vanderbilt is 1-5 SU and 3-3 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Commodores are shooting 49.1 percent from the floor this season, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Monday night, considering they’ve yet to be held under 45 in that all-important category.  Vanderbilt is 34-19 SU against current members of the Big 12 Conference, but it hasn’t met tonight’s opponent since the 1988-89 campaign.

Texas has jumped out to a 6-1 record this season, which has been made possible by tallying four fourth-quarter comebacks—something to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The Longhorns have four players averaging double figures, with junior forward Jonathan Holmes being the key player.  Sophomore guard Javan Felix is also important to incorporate in your handicapping in scoring 10.9 points off the bench.  Texas is 10-4 SU and 7-4 ATS in December since the 2011-12 campaign, with the UNDER going 6-2 in that situation.

The Longhorns have won 45 consecutive home games against unranked non-conference opponents, while they’ve compiled a 214-30 record at the Erwin Center under longtime head coach Rick Barnes.  Texas has outrebounded six of its first seven opponents this season, while all 10 of its scholarship players have reached double-digit scoring totals in at least one game.  On the defensive end, the team is averaging 7.9 blocked shots per game, which has led to a 55-21 advantage in that statistical category thus far.

Sports bettors will likely back the Longhorns due to their 4-1 ATS mark in their last five home games.

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