The Vanderbilt Commodores (2-1) will be at home in Memorial Gym when they clash against the No. 10 USC Trojans (2-0). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 148 points with USC opening as a 2-point favorite. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, 2017, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
USC Trojans vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Odds Preview
The last time the Trojans played, they defeated the North Dakota State Bison, 75-65. Bennie Boatwright was the games leading scorer with 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting. USC dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.8 and a free throw rate of 0.283. For those same stats, North Dakota State was 11.4 and 0.119, respectively.
The Commodores hope to keep it rolling after barely hanging on to beat the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in their last outing, 79-76. Vanderbilt rallied around Jeff Roberson, who recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Commodores had a much better free throw rate (0.415 vs. 0.203) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.538 vs. 0.492).
USC should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, USC ranks 21st in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent), while Vanderbilt has forced the 35th-fewest turnovers (16.5 percent).
Since last season, the Trojans are 26-9 straight up (SU) and 20-17 against the spread (ATS). USC games have finished under the projected point total 51.4 percent of the time since last season.
The Commodores, on the other hand, have records of 21-16 SU and 20-15 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total high when Vanderbilt has been involved over that same time frame as 60.0 percent of their games have finished under the projected point total.
USC Trojans at Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – USC, ATS Winner – USC, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Trojans rank 147th in rebounds per game (36.2) while the Commodores rank 228th (34.7).
- USC ranks 12th in blocks per game (5.4) while Vanderbilt ranks 90th (3.9).
- Vanderbilt ranks 16th in three pointers attempted per game (26.0) while USC ranks 245th in three pointers allowed per game (22.8).
- The Trojans rank 72nd in steals per game (6.9) while the Commodores rank 279th (4.3).
- Vanderbilt ranks 38th in assists allowed per game (11.3) while USC ranks 217th (14.1).