NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Commodores underdogs vs Bulldogs at Vanderbilt
Butler Bulldogs vs Vanderbilt Commodores Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Vanderbilt and Butler on Saturday, with the host Commodores trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
This season, the Commodores are 5-5 overall and 4-4 ATS ATS, while the Bulldogs are 9-2 and 6-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Vanderbilt boasts a 1-5 on the OU, and Butler is 7-2.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Vanderbilt sat as 5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 35-rated Butler taking on the No. 200-rated Commodores in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 73-66 win for the Bulldogs on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 109 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.9 per game. That compares with Vanderbilt’s No. 288 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Vanderbilt is college basketball's No. 71-ranked team at 7.4 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 76 with 7.4 per game.
Defensively, Butler features the nation's No. 148-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, comes in at No. 331 nationally in scoring at home.
Butler was a 75-67 winner in its last match at home against Evansville. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Rotnei Clarke scored 20 points leading the Bulldogs to a 75-67 victory over Evansville at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Vanderbilt was a 56-52 loser in its last match at home against Middle Tennessee. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Kedren Johnson scored 25 points for Vanderbilt on Friday, but the Blue Raiders managed a 56-52 victory over the Commodores at Bridgestone Arena.
Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Pennsylvania are 1-0
After playing Evansville are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing William & Mary are 0-1
After playing Middle Tennessee are 3-2
After a loss are 7-3
A few Bulldogs at Commodores trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Butler's last 5 games on the road
Butler is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Vanderbilt is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games at home
Vanderbilt is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Butler home to Pennsylvania, Wednesday, January 2
Vanderbilt home to William & Mary, Wednesday, January 2