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Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt NCAAB Odds and Preview – February 8th, 2023

By Hank Blaine

No. 6 Tennessee looks for the regular-season sweep of in-state rival Vanderbilt in SEC college basketball action on Wednesday and the Vols are solid favorites for the matchup in Nashville.

On Jan. 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 77-68 – probably not a coincidence this spread is thus 9 points. UT dominated in the second half. The offensive charge was led by Santiago Vescovi, who finished tied for the team-high in scoring with 15 points. The senior recorded 12 of those points in the second half, making 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes. Vols freshman Julian Phillips had 15 points and six boards. Vanderbilt hung around for much of the game and was propelled by Liam Robbins, who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, both team-highs.

Tennessee leads its all-time series with Vanderbilt, 129-75, dating to 1922. This is the 205th meeting. Tennessee has won 13 of the last 14 meetings in this series, including each of the last 11. The 11 straight triumphs match UT’s longest win streak in the history of the series (also 1943-49). The Vols have out-rebounded the Dores in each of the last eight meetings. During the Barnes era, Tennessee has held Vanderbilt to an average of 67.1 points per game (1,073 points in 16 games).

Before all else, Nitrobetting takes a peek at important game details that help you lock in on the best picks. Below, you can find event information, team and player stats, and the latest College Basketball odds. We also have timely betting trends and predictions at your disposal.

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Game Information

  • When: Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 pm ET
  • Where: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, TN
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Radio: KTCU FM 88.7 (Tennessee) // WQZQ 830 AM (Vanderbilt)
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: Tennessee (-10) // Vanderbilt (+10)

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Why Bet on the Tennessee Volunteers?

Tennessee (19-4) comes off a truly ugly 46-43 win over No. 25 Auburn on Saturday to stay in the SEC title chase. UT held AU to 24 percent (13-of-56) shooting from the field and 3-of-27 from beyond the arc. During a stretch of 20:05 of game play, the Volunteers defense shut down the Auburn offense, allowing 1-of-26 shooting between 15:40 in the first half and 15:35 in the second half. The Vols held the Tigers to a season-low-tying 43 points, which also marked the fewest points in an SEC matchup by an Auburn squad during the Bruce Pearl era.

Josiah-Jordan James led UT with the fifth double-double of his career with 15 points and 14 rebounds. The win marked Tennessee’s fourth against a top-25 opponent this season and was the Vols’ 25th victory over a ranked team during the Rick Barnes era.

Tennessee owns the nation’s best scoring defense (54.6 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (.343) and 3-point defense (.219). A total of 11 times this season, the Vols have held their opponents to 50 points or less. Only three teams have reached the 70-point mark against these Vols.

Why Bet on the Vanderbilt?

Vanderbilt (11-12) ended a three-game losing streak with a 74-71 home win over Ole Miss on Saturday. Dores star center Robbins finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, two assists and a steal. Tyrin Lawrence also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first time Vandy had two double-doubles since Aaron Nesmith and Yanni Wetzell accomplished the feat on Feb. 16, 2019 vs Auburn. Quentin Millora-Brown added 10 points to go along with five rebounds.

Nursing a 62-61 advantage with less than four minutes to go, Trey Thomas came off a screen at the top of the key and buried a 3 putting the home team ahead 65-61. Ezra Manjon’s shot-clock beating layup a minute later made it 67-61. Those scores turned out to be part of a 10-0 run.

Vandy guard Jordan Wright did not play due to being in the concussion protocol and is iffy for this one. Wright, a terrific defender, was present but did not dress; Coach Jerry Stackhouse said after that game that Wright was doing better. Teammate Lee Dort has been out for the past three weeks with a stress fracture in his foot expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks. Vandy leads the SEC and is seventh nationally in bench scoring (32.17 points per game).

The Commodores are now 8-3 when leading at halftime this season, 9-5 when shooting more than 40 percent and 3-11 when scoring fewer than 75 points. Vanderbilt doesn’t seem particularly well-equipped to beat UT with one of the worst defenses in the conference, and Stackhouse may be coaching for his job as he’s faced increasing heat.

Vanderbilt is 99-259 all time in teams ranked in the AP Top 25, including 1-3 this season. The Dores are 3-16 against ranked opponents under Stackhouse.

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Betting Trends

  • Tennessee is 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games.
  • Volunteers are 17-3 SU in the last 20 games.
  • The total went under in 8 of Tennessee’s last 12 games against an opponent in the Southeastern conference.
  • Vanderbilt is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • Commodores are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games.
  • The total went under in 4 of Vanderbilt’s last 6 games.

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Expert Prediction

  • Tennessee 72, Vanderbilt 64.
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