Vanderbilt at Florida Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 19, 2017 in

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel down to the Sunshine State to take on the Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon in SEC basketball action. The Commodores (8-10, 2-4 SEC) stated conference play with a pair of wins but have since gone on a four-game skid, most recently losing to Georgia on Tuesday night, 76-68. The Gators (14-4, 5-1 SEC) opened conference play with five straight wins but fell to #24 South Carolina on Wednesday night, 57-53. After you read about this game, click to see our college basketball odds and picks for the week ahead.

Vanderbilt at Florida Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 12:00pm ET
Where: Exactech Arena, Gainesville, FL
TV: CBS
Radio: Vanderbilt / Florida 
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
NCAA Basketball Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Commodores?

Vanderbilt did come within six points of beating Kentucky at home, but the course of the season has not been kind to them, particularly when they’ve played teams at or slightly above their level. They rely on perimeter shooting to stay close in games, but Georgia shut them down from the perimeter, contesting outside shots and making life difficult. Vanderbilt has benched their leading score, Matthew Fisher-Davis, but he did not respond against Georgia, going just 4 for 13 and posting just nine points. Vanderbilt opened 1 for 11 from downtown and ended up launching 31 shots from behind the arc on the night, but only made 10. Failing to attack the rim meant that they only drew six fouls in the whole game — while Georgia headed to the rim over and over, drawing 34 fouls. If you like Vanderbilt in this game, you see them making their shots and finding open space in a tough arena — and against a tough defense.

Why should you put your money on the Gators?

Florida ran into one of the best defenses in the SEC — and in the nation — when they only put up 53 points on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Florida ran out to a 28-21 halftime lead, but then South Carolina came out of intermission to go on a 14-2 run, but Florida still made a run, getting within a single point with 40.3 seconds left on the clock. Florida’s leading scorer, KeVaughn Allen, had just a single point, and Kasey Hill put up 11 — all before halftime. Canyon Barry led the way for 13 points. The Gators missed all 17 of their shots from downtown, the first time they had not made a three in a game since 1992, a streak spanning 850 games. They only made seven field goals after halftime — and they still only lost by four. It’s unlikely that Florida will be that cold again.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like how Florida is working both inside and out — and one bad shooting night isn’t going to sink their season. Vanderbilt is having major issues with team chemistry, and a trip to Gainesville is not likely to help. I predict a final score of Florida 79, Vanderbilt 63.