Check out our free Alabama vs Vanderbilt pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Nashville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Alabama vs Vanderbilt Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds
Crimson Tide vs Commodores Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide at Vanderbilt Commodores
- Where: Nashville at Memorial Gymnasium (Vandy)
- Date: Tuesday, January 17th
- Betting Odds: Alabama -8.5, ALA -436 | VAND +329 O/U 154.5
Crimson Tide Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Vanderbilt, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 15-2. So far, the Crimson Tide have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 5-1. This season, Alabama has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 13-2. For today’s contest, Alabama has a betting line set -8.5 points in their favor.
Alabama will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brandon Miller who is averaging 19.47 points per game for the Crimson Tide. Miller is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Crimson Tide’s offensive game plan is the play of Mark Sears who has hit 43.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.18 points per game.
Alabama comes into today’s matchup vs Vanderbilt, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 80.0 points per game. Through 17 games, they have hit 44.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Crimson Tide have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 251st in possessions per game.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Alabama, the Vanderbilt Commodores will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 9-8. So far this season, Vanderbilt has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-4. For the season, Vanderbilt has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 2-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Commodores being +8.5 point underdogs.
Liam Robbins comes into today’s game as the Commodores’ leading scorer at 13.25 points per contest. Not only has Robbins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Vanderbilt’s top rebounder at 5.88 boards per contest. Behind Robbins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Myles Stute, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.25 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.2% of his shots and is adding 5.44 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Vanderbilt this season, as they are currently ranked 229th in college basketball at 70.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Commodores’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 265th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide -8.5
While examining this matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Vanderbilt Commodores, we recommend grabbing Alabama to come out on top and cover the spread. The oddsmakers have Alabama as the heavy favorite with a point spread of -8.5. Not only do we like the Alabama’s historical performance as the favorite, as they are 5-0 vs the spread in their last 5 games when favored to win. But, they are matched up against a team that plays a similar style of basketball. So far, both Alabama and Vanderbilt are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Before tip-off, go ahead and place your bet on the Alabama to win and cover the spread.