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Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt in college hoops – picture of Tennessee G Jajuan Smith attached

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt in college hoops – picture of Tennessee G Jajuan Smith attached



Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt in college hoops – picture of Tennessee G Jajuan Smith attached

Bettors Choice in Tennessee Tilt


2008-01-17

Bettors Choice in Tennessee Tilt

The two best college basketball teams from the state of Tennessee and the SEC will do battle in Knoxville in a head to head battle. Vanderbilt comes in off their first loss of the season at Kentucky and has another treacherous road game. The sixth ranked Volunteers are looking for a tenth straight win and trying to distant themselves in the SEC East from their in-state rival by handing them a second conference loss.

Vanderbilt (16-1, 8-8 ATS) overcame a 16-point second half deficit in its conference opener against the Wildcats, losing in double overtime at Lexington. The Commodores had brief leads in both extra sessions, but were not consistent enough to pull away, ending 16-game winning streak. Shan Foster is Vanderbilt’s leading scorer and has scored 20 or more points in 11 of the team’s games. As a team, the Commodores shoot 48.7 percent from the field and knock down 43.9 percent from beyond the arc, thanks in part to Foster’s long distance accuracy of 51.1 percent. 6’10 freshman A.J. Ogilvy, by way of Australia, has scored in double figures in every game this season, giving them an inside presence. The ‘Dores have been a tremendous team off a close loss with 23-8 against the spread mark after a defeat by six or less points.

Tennessee (14-1, 6-5 ATS) is known under coach Bruce Pearl for its frantic, fast-paced, hard driving style and they are one of the best teams in the country. If opponents are not mentally and physically prepared, the Vols will relentlessly run a team off the court. That is exactly what they did to South Carolina in 81-64 road win as six point favorites. What is hard to believe they are accomplishing this without there best player senior Chris Lofton having a very good season. The defensive effort is still in place for Lofton; however he is shooting just 33 percent from behind the arc this season, compared to 44 percent career average. If finds his shot to go along with fellow senior JaJuan Smith, watch out.

Coach Pearl has been a blessing to those wagering everywhere, though linemakers are making progress this season, yet the Vols are still 11-1 ATS in home games after one or more consecutive wins over the last two seasons.

Sportsbook.com will shortly release a line on this SEC contest, with Tennessee a sure fire home favorite. When the Volunteers are in this role at Thompson-Boling court, they are 18-8 ATS. Tennessee has sparkled off a road win with 13-2 ATS mark.

Vanderbilt will try to avoid a second consecutive loss and are 8-1 ATS versus teams with a winning percentage of 80 percent or higher. Vandy has also played well against explosive offensive teams like Tennessee averaging 84 or more points a game.

With the Vols ranked third in the country in scoring (86.2 PPG) and Vandy fifth (86 PPG), no shortage of end to end excitement is expected on ESPN, which will telecast this encounter starting at 5 Eastern.


StatFox Power Line – Tennessee by 13





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