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Vanderbilt Commodores face Tennessee Volunteers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Vanderbilt CommodoresTennessee Volunteers
15-12March 01, 2014, 12:00 | Thompson-Boling Arena17-11

Thompson-Boling Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Tennessee Volunteers and the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Commodores will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 13-11-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Volunteers are 12-13-1 ATS. Vanderbilt is 6-18-2 on the totals; Tennessee is 13-13.

View Vanderbilt Commodores vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 10.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Volunteers - Commodores odds would favor the Volunteers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tennessee is rated No. 71 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Vanderbilt is at No. 232.

Vanderbilt lost its last outing, a 57-54 result against Florida on February 25. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Vanderbilt got 12 points from Rod Odom but lost anyway, 57-54, to Florida on Tuesday at Memorial Gymnasium.

Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 75-68 winner as they battled Mississippi State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point favorite. Jordan McRae scored 29 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Tennessee on Wednesday, leading the Volunteers to a 75-68 victory over Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tennessee's No. 124-ranked scoring average of 72 PPG, against a Commodores defense rated No. 38 and allowing 64.89 PPG. The Volunteers FG% has averaged 44.28% to date this season, less than the Commodores shooters have managed so far (44.44% per game).

A few Commodores at Volunteers trends to consider:
Vanderbilt is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vanderbilt's last 5 games
Vanderbilt is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Vanderbilt is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Tennessee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Tennessee is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Vanderbilt

Next up:
Vanderbilt home to LSU, Thursday, March 6th
Tennessee at Auburn, Wednesday, March 5th