College basketball odds, tips and predictions for Alabama vs. Vanderbilt

Alabama vs Vanderbilt Odds

No. 4 Alabama looks set to stay perfectly in the SEC with a win in Nashville Tuesday night at Vanderbilt.

The Crimson Tide (15-2) is joined by Texas A&M at the top of the SEC rankings as the lone programs undefeated.

Meanwhile, the Commodores picked up one of their best wins of the season, beating No. 25 Arkansas to go that game 2-2 in conference play and 9-8 overall.

Both teams can score the basketball, which should make for a fun affair for us at Memorial High School.

There may not be another team in the country currently playing as well as Nate Oats’ team.

Alabama has had all five SEC wins by an average margin of 22.8 points. The Tide has also scored 86 points per game.

The best performance may have come in the weekend’s 40-point win over LSU, when the Crimson Tide crossed the century mark with 106 points. It was the biggest win over an SEC opponent since Alabama’s 93-54 win over Auburn in 2005.

This year, Oats’ team is one of only five programs to rank in Bart Torvik’s top 25 for both offensive and defensive efficiency, joining Houston, UCLA, Connecticut and Kansas.

The Crimson Tide are entering this matchup at +1100 odds to win the NCAA Tournament at FanDuel and I wouldn’t criticize anyone for adding that ticket with their style of play.

This will be Vanderbilt’s fourth straight game against a ranked opponent and the Commodores have held their own during this difficult period.

In the last three competitions, coach Jerry Stackhouse’s side have covered the span against Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas.

However, this will be the biggest test yet.

This roster’s strength lies at the offensive end of the floor, where Vanderbilt ranks 44th in AdjO and 55th in offensive rebounds nationally.

Senior big man Liam Robbins leads the team with 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He’s also an excellent shot blocker and came into this matchup with a 2.94 in the top five in blocks per game.

Alabama vs. Vanderbilt Betting Tip

Leaping ahead of this Alabama team may not end well with the way they’re playing right now, but I think that number is a little overblown on the road.

With that said, my best bet is to support Vanderbilt +9.5, which I would downplay to +8. I’m hoping the market will push that number up to get a little over double digits but I still feel like the home team is the right side.

For starters, the Commodores always seem to find themselves in very tight games. Of the year’s 17 games, 12 were decided by nine points or fewer, including three out of four SEC contests.

They also wonder how the Crimson Tide might be affected by news from the court surrounding former forward Darius Miles, who was charged with capital murder over the weekend in connection with a shooting near campus.

He wasn’t necessarily an important factor on the floor but it will be a distraction ahead of this game.

As long as Alabama keeps winning, the numbers in the betting market will continue to favor the Oats roster, eventually leading to Value’s opposition.

Let’s hope this starts for the Commodores.

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