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Vanderbilt Commodores face Mississippi Rebels: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Vanderbilt CommodoresMississippi Rebels
15-14March 08, 2014, 01:30 | Tad Smith Coliseum17-13

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Mississippi and Vanderbilt on Saturday, with the host Rebels trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Mississippi battles the Commodores, currently sitting with a 15-14 mark (13-13-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 15-11 for the Rebels and 6-20-2 for the Commodores.

View Vanderbilt Commodores vs Mississippi Rebels Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Mississippi sat as -6.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rebels rated this week at No. 193 and the Commodores sitting at No. 269.

Last time out for Vanderbilt, they were a 57-51 loser as they battled LSU at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. The Commodores got 15 points from Rod Odom, but it was LSU that prevailed in a 57-51 final on Thursday at Memorial Gymnasium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Mississippi's No. 49 nationally ranked offense (75.53 points per game) against a Commodores defense that sits as the No. 43 at 65 PPG. The Rebels have been averaging 41.88% from the field, less than the Commodores have managed so far this season (43.16% on average).

A few Commodores at Rebels trends to consider:
Vanderbilt is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vanderbilt's last 5 games
Vanderbilt is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Vanderbilt is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Mississippi is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Mississippi's last 5 games
Mississippi is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Mississippi is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home