Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Northwestern Wildcats, NCAA March Madness Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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VANDERBILT COMMODORES NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
19-15 March 16, 4:30 PM | Vivint Smart Home Arena 23-11
Vanderbilt vs Northwestern, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 4:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, TBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March 16th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
739 –Vanderbilt Commodoress -2 -110 -135 Ov 130 -110
740 –Northwestern Wildcats +2 -110 +115 Un 130 -110
 

The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Northwestern Wildcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

ABOUT VANDERBILT (19-15): Junior guard Matthew Fisher-Davis leads the Commodores in scoring with 13.6 points per game and reached 1,000 points for his career with 10 points against Arkansas. Senior forward Luke Cornet, who is averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds, set a program record for blocked shots with his 207th against the Razorbacks. “It’s a day of celebration for our program especially our guys,” first-year Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew told reporters. “From where we started the season to where we are now is just a remarkable turnaround on all fronts.”

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (23-11): Junior guard Bryant McIntosh. who leads the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game, holds the program record for most career assists with 541, breaking the old mark of 528 set by Michael ‘Juice’ Thompson (2007-11). Scottie Lindsey is working his way back to 100 percent after missing three weeks with a bout of mono in February as he averaged 16.3 points in the Big Ten Tournament after only managing 7.6 over his previous five outings. The Wildcats dropped four of their last five meetings with Vanderbilt but they haven’t met since Dec. 3, 1992.

Oddsmakers currently have the Commodores listed as 2-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 130.

Eighth-seeded Northwestern make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament when it takes on No. 9 seed Vanderbilt in the first round of the West Region in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The Wildcats set a program record with 23 victories and won back-to-back games in the Big Ten tournament for the first time before bowing out to Wisconsin 76-48 in the semifinals, and hope to make a splash in the Big Dance after ending a 78-year drought.

“I know it’s a long time coming for a lot of people that have followed the program for a lot of years,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins told reporters. “Most happy for the players though as those are the guys that have earned this right.” Vanderbilt became the first team to earn an at-large bid with 15 losses as it did just enough to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Commodores won five of their last six regular-season games and beat Texas A&M 66-41 and Florida 72-62 in overtime before losing to Arkansas 76-62 in the semifinals of the SEC tournament to seal a berth. Vanderbilt dropped four of its last five matchups with Big Ten opponents, including a 60-57 loss to Wisconsin in 2012 NCAA Tournament, and hopes to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since falling to the Badgers.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 76-48 loser on the road against Badgers. They failed to cover the +4.5-point spread as underdogs.

Vanderbilt was a 76-62 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Razorbacks. They failed to cover the -4-point spread as favorites.

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Vanderbilt:
Team record: 19-15 SU,21-12 ATS
Vanderbilt is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Vanderbilt is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Vanderbilt’s last 8 games

Northwestern:
Team record: 23-11 SU,20-12 ATS
Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern’s last 5 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. The winner faces No. 1 seed Gonzaga or 16th-seeded South Dakota State on Saturday.

2. Northwestern is 15-0 when scoring 70 or more points in 2016-17.

3. Vanderbilt is 10-15 in the NCAA Tournament.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Northwestern Wildcats will cover the spread at +2 and the game will go over 130 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Northwestern 68, Vanderbilt 66 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

BETTING TRENDS
VANDERBILT
No trends to report
NORTHWESTERN
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern’s last 5 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Vanderbilt’s Overall Scoring vs Northwestern’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Vanderbilt’s Away Scoring vs Northwestern’s Home Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Vanderbilt’s Road Rebounds vs Northwestern’s Home Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 0.0 0
Northwestern’s Overall Scoring vs Vanderbilt’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Northwestern’s Home Scoring vs Vanderbilt’s Road Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Northwestern’s Home Rebounds vs Vanderbilt’s Road Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 0.0 0

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