This is a 1* Free Pick on the Vanderbilt Commodores
While this is a road game for Vandy, it’s only about a 45 minute bus ride to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in this inner-state matchup. Middle Tennessee comes into this game riding high at 8-1 with their only loss to Tennessee State. This is the only common opponent so far this year between the two teams and Vanderbilt beat Tennessee State by 24 points which I will use as a piece of my handicap here. There are other handicap’s also for this game in our favor:
Middle Tennessee State does not shoot free throws well (61%) and they allow their opponents to get to the free throw line a lot. Vanderbilt is a good free throw shooting team at over 77% on the season. In a game that will be played at a slow pace, it could come down to free throws and Vandy has the big edge there.
Vanderbilt has a 7’1 NBA prospect in Frank Kornet who the NBA scouts have been watching. Riley LaChance is shooting 72% from the 3 point line and Matthew Fisher-Davis is shooting 44% from beyond the arc. All five starters can shoot the 3 ball and Middle Tennessee will struggle guarding the perimeter. Vanderbilt has a 53.9 percent field goal effectiveness which is the best that MTSU has faced yet. They haven’t faced a team like Vanderbilt that is so efficient at shooting the long ball.
While Middle Tennessee does have a solid trio of players in Jacorey Williams, Reggie Upshaw, and Giddy Potts, the rest of the team is not as polished. Vandy is a defensive minded team under coach Bryce Drew and they should be able to lock down the perimeter. MTSU has a couple of guys that have made some three’s this year, but a regression due from Simpson and Habersham.
Take the points tonight with Vandy as I see them building a lead in the first half and holding on to it by making free throws down the stretch. (1* Vanderbilt)
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