The No. 5 Arizona State Sun Devils (9-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they square off against the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-6) at Wells-Fargo Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 154.5 points with Arizona State set as a 10-point favorite. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 17, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Vanderbilt Commodores at Arizona State Sun Devils Betting Preview
In the Commodores last outing, they lost a close one to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 66-63. Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis put together a good game, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Middle Tennessee had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.9 (above their season average of 33.6). Vanderbilt, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (15-19; 78.9 percent).
The Sun Devils come in on a high note after defeating the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks in their last contest, 95-85. Arizona State rallied around Tra Holder, who was the games leading scorer with 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Arizona State played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.231 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 11.9 (better than their season average of 14.3). Kansas recorded marks of 0.104 and 18.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Arizona State could put on a ball-control clinic in this battle. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Arizona State ranks 24th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.8 percent), while Vanderbilt has forced the 16th-fewest turnovers (15.9 percent). Additionally, the Commodores rank 58th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.286), while the Sun Devils rank 54th in opponents FTA rate (0.208).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Games involving Vanderbilt have finished under 75.0 percent of the time, while 77.8 percent of Arizona State games have gone over. The Sun Devils hold a significant advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 9-0 SU and 8-0-1 ATS, while the Commodores are 3-6 SU and 0-8 ATS.
Vanderbilt Commodores at Arizona State Sun Devils Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Arizona State, ATS Winner – Vanderbilt, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Commodores average 3.7 blocks per game, which ranks 84th in the nation. The Sun Devils rank 90th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
- Vanderbilt ranks 45th in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while Arizona State ranks 266th in three pointers allowed per game (25.9).
- The Commodores rank 41st in assists allowed per game (11.5) while the Sun Devils rank 210th (18.2).
- Arizona State ranks 25th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while Vanderbilt ranks 36th (5.3).