Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Thursday, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks, Prediction

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VANDERBILT COMMODORES MIDDLE TENNESSEE BLUE RAIDERS
5-4 December 8, 7:30 PM | Murphy Center 8-1
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 8, 2016
Where: Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread MoneyLine Total
 Vanderbilt Commodores  +2.5 -110  +110  135
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders  -2.5 -110  -130 135
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The fans at Murphy Center will be treated to a game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT VANDERBILT (5-4): The Commodores rank 10th nationally (through Tuesday) from 3-point range (42.7 percent) and 21st from the foul line (77.2 percent). Guard Riley LaChance has been particularly lethal from long distance, going 23-of-32 – including 14-of-18 over the last four games. LaChance is one of four Commodores averaging double-digit scoring with guard Matthew Fisher-Davis (14.9 points) and 7-1 forward Luke Kornet (13.1, 5.4 rebounds) leading the way.

ABOUT MIDDLE TENNESSEE (8-1): The Blue Raiders like to run their offense through a pair of 6-8 forwards in seniors JaCorey Williams (19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds) and Reggie Upshaw (14, 6.9). Point guard Giddy Potts (14.2 points, 5.4 rebounds) is the only other double-digit scorer and can hurt opponents from the outside. The Blue Raiders don’t get much production from their bench, which could become a factor in a close game if they get into foul trouble.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Blue Raiders listed as 2.5-point favorites versus the Commodores, while the game’s total is sitting at 135 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Middle Tennessee was a 67-55 winner in its last match on the road against Jaguars. They covered the -3-point spread as favorites.

In their last action, Vanderbilt was a 90-63 winner at home against Panthers.

Middle Tennessee is no stranger to taking on – and beating – Southeastern Conference opponents, but welcoming an SEC foe to Murphy Center is a bit more rare. The Blue Raiders look to continue their best start in five years when they host Vanderbilt for an intrastate clash on Thursday.

The Blue Raiders have won their last two games against SEC competition, including a 77-62 victory at Ole Miss on Nov. 30, and the Rebels also were the most recent team from the league to visit Murphy Center – and lose 65-62 – four years ago. “Our fans want high-caliber teams in the non-conference, and that’s what we’ve got,” Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis told the team’s website. “We’ve got a good SEC team in here. In order to make strides to be a national program, we’ve got to have a growing national fan base, and we hope to see a very energetic and great crowd here Thursday night.” Vanderbilt has struggled a bit coming out of the gate under first-year coach Bryce Drew, but it is coming off a 90-63 rout of High Point on Tuesday in which it made a school-record 19 3-pointers. The Commodores are playing their first game on an opponent’s home court this season.

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Vanderbilt:
Team record: 5-4 SU,4-4 ATS
Vanderbilt is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Vanderbilt is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Vanderbilt’s last 8 games on the road

Middle Tennessee:
Team record: 8-1 SU,5-3 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Middle Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Middle Tennessee’s last 5 games

Next up:
Vanderbilt home to Chattanooga Saturday, December 17
Middle Tennessee at Belmont Wednesday, December 14

KEY NOTES

1. Seven of the teams’ last 11 meetings have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

2. Vanderbilt has made at least seven 3-pointers in every game this season and has hit 10 or more four times, including three of the last four games.

3. Middle Tennessee has committed fewer than 10 turnovers four times in nine contests and ranked 14th nationally through Tuesday with 10.7 turnovers per game and 22nd in turnover margin (plus-4.9).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will cover the spread at -2.5 and the game will go over 135 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Middle Tennessee 73, Vanderbilt 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
VANDY TEAM MIDTN
73.9 PTS FOR 75.9
67.6 PTS AGNST 66.0
6.3 DIFF. 9.9
26.3 DEF REBOUNDS 24.7
10.0 OFF REBOUNDS 9.7
44.3 FG% 49.9
77.2 FT% 61.6
10.3 3 POINTERS 5.7
4.2 STEALS 7.4
INJURIES
VANDERBILT
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
VANDERBILT
Vanderbilt is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Vanderbilt is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Vanderbilt’s last 8 games on the road
MIDDLE TENNESSEE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Middle Tennessee’s last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Middle Tennessee’s last 5 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Middle Tennessee’s last 5 games when playing Vanderbilt
Middle Tennessee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vanderbilt
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Vanderbilt’s Overall Scoring vs Middle Tennessee’s Overall Defense 73.9 186 66.0 75
Vanderbilt’s Away Scoring vs Middle Tennessee’s Home Defense 64.0 257 68.1 196
Vanderbilt’s Road Rebounds vs Middle Tennessee’s Home Rebounds Allowed 39.0 53 33.6 156
Middle Tennessee’s Overall Scoring vs Vanderbilt’s Overall Defense 75.9 134 67.6 100
Middle Tennessee’s Home Scoring vs Vanderbilt’s Road Defense 77.0 200 61.0 22
Middle Tennessee’s Home Rebounds vs Vanderbilt’s Road Rebounds Allowed 34.9 275 31.0 31
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
VANDY 44.3 42.4 2.0
MIDTN 49.9 41.7 8.2
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
VANDY 10.0 26.3 36.3
MIDTN 9.7 24.7 34.3
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
VANDY 14.8 14.1 1.0
MIDTN 15.9 10.7 1.5

 

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