The first of two 11-seed play-in games features the Vanderbilt Commodores taking on the Wichita State Shockers Tuesday night. Both teams suffered early defeats in their conference tournaments and are not entering Tuesday’s contest on the highest of highs.
The Shockers, currently 3.5-point favorites at online shop Bovada, lost the Missouri Valley Conference semifinal to Northern Iowa by a score of 57-52, failing to cover the spread as 9-point favorites and cementing themselves as one of the bubble teams being debated ahead of Selection Sunday.
The Shockers have a decent history in the tournament, advancing to the Final Four in 2013 and Sweet Sixteen in 2015. They posted a big 67-50 win versus the Utah Utes earlier this season and were a decent wager at the betting window going 18-11-1 ATS.
Vanderbilt was somewhat of a surprise inclusion after posting a 19-13 SU record. The Commodores enter the tournament off of back-to-back losses to the Texas A&M Aggies and Tennessee Volunteers.
Defense has been the order of the day for the Shockers as they lead the nation in scoring D at 59.3 opponent’s points per game. Vandy can fill it up on their day as they’ve averaged 76.8 points per game but the SEC program will have to overcome some rough history in the tournament as it has gone 1-5 SU in the past six tournament games.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Wichita State Shockers betting line as -2.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Wichita State Shockers battles the Vanderbilt Commodores, currently sitting with a 19-13 mark (15-15 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 14-16 for the Wichita State Shockers and 15-14-1 for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wichita State Shockers at No. 2 and the Vanderbilt Commodores at No. 50 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.
Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Vanderbilt is ranked No. 53 in NCAA basketball at 38.56 per game. Contrast that with Wichita State's No. 80 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Wichita State is the No. 115-ranked team in the country at 7.31 per game, while Vanderbilt rates No. 46 at 8.44 per game.
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Wade Baldwin IV scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Commodores to a win (they lost 67-65 to Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday).
The Shockers endured a 57-52 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Saturday, despite a 14-point effort from Anton Grady at Scottrade Center.
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Odds Shark Staff Fri, Sep 16, 2:48pm