SEC tournament champion Vanderbilt takes on Ivy League champion Harvard in the 5-12 game out of the East Region Thursday afternoon.
The Commodores, who finished in a tie for second in the SEC this season before beating Kentucky in the SEC tournament title game, are favored by 6.5 points over the Crimson, who are playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 65 years.
This game is being played at a neutral-site court (The Pit).
Vanderbilt has been upset in the first round past three tournaments so bettor beware. As well, Vandy has played UNDER at a 5-1-1 clip its past 7 tournament games. Vandy is also 7-2 ATS past 9 games overall and 6-2 ATS past 8 games as favorite.
Supporters of the Crimson have watched them go 26-4 and 12-13 ATS on the year, while the Commodores are at 24-10 and 17-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Commodores are 12-18, while the Crimson have a 9-16 mark.
The Crimson opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark including .
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 19 (Commodores) and the No. 119 (Crimson) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 75-72 result in favor of the Crimson has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vanderbilt's No. 60 nationally ranked offense (72.9 points per game) against a Crimson defense that sits as the No. 4 at 54.8 PPG. The Commodores have been averaging 45.9% from the field, less than the Crimson have managed so far this season (46.7% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Harvard owns the country's No. 2-rated mark, allowing 55.2 points per game on the highway. Vanderbilt, on the other hand, rates No. 129 in scoring at home.
Harvard was a 67-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Cornell. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. Oliver McNally scored 17 points leading the Crimson to a 67-63 victory over Cornell at Newman Arena on Saturday.
Vanderbilt was a 71-64 winner in its last match on the road against Kentucky. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Commodores got 18 points from Jeffery Taylor as Vanderbilt ran past Kentucky 71-64 on Sunday at New Orleans Arena.
Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Cornell are 3-7
After a win are 8-2
Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
After playing Kentucky are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Crimson at Commodores trends to consider:
Vanderbilt is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 5 games