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NCAA Basketball Betting: Vanderbilt Hosts #9 Tennessee on ESPN2, Tuesday, January 12, 2021

College Basketball: Tennessee Volunteers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores odds and picks

Since taking over as Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes has transformed the program.  Tennessee is now a top tier March Madness betting choice.  Defense is the catalyst for the Volunteer’s success.  Accordingly, Barnes runs a tight ship that demands defensive effort.  Tennessee uses their suffocating defense to create offense.  It has proven to be a winning formula.  Counter to that is a Vanderbilt team struggling to find its way.  Commodore fans are longing for a return back to being contenders for the NCAA Tournament.  Thus far Vandy is a work in progress that has miles to go for improvement.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Information

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tennessee
TV Coverage: ESPN2

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Betting Odds

Tennessee -12½ (-110) 137½ (-110)
Vanderbilt +12½ (-110) 137½ (-110)
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Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt CashBet Odds Analysis

On this occasion, Tennessee will generate the majority of sportsbook action.  Vanderbilt may get some extra sugar from oddsmakers.  Cause of their lack of public appeal.  But will it be enough?

Volunteering for Final Four

Tennessee’s strong start has made them a 2021 March Madness betting favorite.  The Volunteers are 9-1 straight up, 7-3 against the spread, and 3-7 under the total.  Late results show UT hasn’t covered three of their last five.  Public awareness is driving up their prices.  Tennessee has stayed under in four of their last five games.  National metrics have UT ranked 99th for scoring offense.  Correlate the Vols ranking of 3rd for points allowed.  Tennessee ranks an impressive 22nd for defending field goals.

Victor Bailey Jr. leads Tennessee with 12.4 points per game.  Also factoring is forward John Fulkerson with 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.  Coach Rick Barnes arrived to Tennessee after getting fired at Texas.  He was labeled as damaged goods.  Cause by such a strong team he’s now a coach of the year candidate.

Vandy Tries to Gain Traction

Late on Vanderbilt has paid in three of their last four.  With five consecutive overs.  Vandy has a bet on NCAA basketball record of 4-5 straight up, 4-4-1 vs. the odds, and 6-3 over the total.  Vanderbilt ranks 146th nationally for scoring and 192nd for points allowed.  Of great concern is Vandy’s rank of 240th for field goal percentage.  Defensively they’re 267th for defending field goals.  Their one team strength is a 75.8 free throw percentage.

Namely, Scotty Pippen Jr. leads Vanderbilt with 21.6 points and 5.8 assists per game.  The sophomore is in his first year as a starter.  He has scored at least 18 points in three consecutive games.

Tennessee Volunteers at Vanderbilt Commodores Against the Spread

Overall, the Vols have covered 21 of their last 41 games.  On the road, Tennessee is 8-5 on the board.  And in SEC games the Volunteers are 10-12 vs. the odds.

Tennessee has gone over the total in 19 of their last 41 games.  While on the road the Volunteers are 8-5 to the over.  Tennessee is 12-10 over the total against the SEC.

Vanderbilt is 19-20-2 against the spread.  Specifically, at home, the Commodores are 12-13-2 vs. the odds.  Vandy is 11-11 in SEC games.

Vanderbilt has gone over the total in 27 of their last 41 games.  While at home the Commodores are 16-11 to the over.  And against the SEC Vanderbilt is 13-9 to the over.

Vanderbilt has covered five of their last seven games against Tennessee.  Four of the last five in this series stayed under.  However, the Vols have covered four of their last five at Vanderbilt.  Three of those five games cleared the total.

Tennessee Volunteers at Vanderbilt Commodores CashBet Free Pick  

As was previously noted Tennessee owns this series.  The Volunteers are bona fide 2021 March Madness Betting material.  And Vanderbilt has not proven to be a reliable betting value at home.  On the whole, these teams should show a major difference in developmental stages.

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