Texas Longhorns vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
The Texas Longhorns and the Vanderbilt Commodores face off on Monday Night in college basketball action. The Longhorns are -7 point favorites over the Commodores.
The Texas Longhorns enter this game at 6-1 on the season but they have a brutal schedule ahead even before they hit Big 12 play. With games against North Carolina, Michigan State, and Temple in the next two weeks UT will be battle tested for conference play. Jonathan Holmes is averaging 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds to lead the Longhorns. Demarcus Holland is averaging 12 points and 6.1 rebounds, Javan Felix is averaging 10.9 points, and Isaiah Taylor is averaging 10.4 points. Texas is averaging 78.9 points and they are shooting 45.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. Texas’ schedule projects to be the 14th ranked schedule in the country this season.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are off to a 4-2 start but they have won their last two coming into this game. Vandy’s two losses are to Butler and Providence and Kevin Stallings may be in for some rebuilding this season. Ed McClellan leads the Commodores averaging 16.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. Rod Odom is averaging 13.7 points and 4.8 rebounds, Kyle Fuller is averaging 11.8 points, and James Siakam is averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Vanderbilt is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 49.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Vandy still has Georgia Tech and St. Louis on their out of conference schedule.
Texas is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 6-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Vanderbilt is 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games.
I think the Commodores will keep this game close and I will take them plus the points in this game.
Vanderbilt Commodores +7 Texas Longhorns