Tennessee Volunteers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Volunteers meet on Tuesday in Nashville in a battle of Tennessee based teams in the SEC. The Commodores are -9 point favorites over the Volunteers with an over/under point total set at 129.
The Vanderbilt Commodores were cruising through their SEC schedule until Saturday when Kevin Stallings team ran into an inspired Mississippi State team. Vandy is 4-1 in the SEC, 8-4 at home this season, and all alone in second place in the conference. John Jenkins is averaging 19.8 points per game, Jeffery Taylor is averaging 17.1 and 5.6 rebounds, Lance Goulbourne is averaging 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Brad Tinsley is averaging 9.8 points and 4.4 assists. As a team Vanderbilt is averaging 74.7 points and they are shooting 46.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points and their opposition is shooting 42 percent. Vanderbilt can score in bunches but where they have flatered is when they can’t hold their opponent to a reasonable number.
The Tennessee Volunteers are looking to get to .500 on the season as Cuonzo Martin’s team seems to get up for the big games and seems to look flat against the lesser teams. Tennessee is 1-3 in the SEC, 1-5 on the road this season, and 2-7 against teams with a RPI better than 100. Trae Golden is averaging 13.6 points and 5.2 assists, Jeronne Maymon is averaging 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds, and Cameron Tatum is averaging 9.5 points. AS a team Tennessee is averaging 71.1 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 6.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. Tennessee’s season isn’t a total loss yet but they can’t afford too many more stumbles or it will be.
Vanderbilt is 7-2-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven home games against a team with a losing record. Tennessee is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games ,and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. The home team has covered in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
Tennessee hasn’t been strong on the road and Vandy has been solid overall despite their loss last time out but this is simply too many points to pass on in this spot.
Tennessee Volunteers +9 Vanderbilt Commodores