Can Vanderbilt Get To The SEC Promised Land?

Doug Upstone

Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:00 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 5:00 PM UTC

Vandy is on a roll and they could be on their way to the SEC Finals, however they must beat Arkansas first. The Commodores might have a slight edge considering how the Razorbacks were struggling with Ole Miss

Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas

It is official, Vanderbilt (19-14, 20-11 ATS) is hot and they might have date in the SEC Finals awaiting them. After a four-game losing streak in the beginning stages of SEC play, the Commodores are 11-4 (12-3 ATS) since. Vandy beat Florida for a third straight time last night, having to go to OT to finish the job and this was accomplished by having a +15 point edge from behind the arc. Vanderbilt has also bought into first-year coach Bryce Drew's teaching about defense and everyone is on board. "We're all confident at every single moment, whether we're down 10 or up 10 and continuing to just play good defense and try to win the game," senior Luke Kornet said. Vanderbilt split two games with Arkansas and will have the crowd in Nashville on their side.

Arkansas (24-8, 16-14 ATS), was mostly outplayed by Mississippi, but survived 73-72 because they kept getting to the free throw line and converted on 20 of 23 attempts and enjoyed a +12 differential in that aspect of the game. For Arkansas to advance to championship game, they will have to play outstanding perimeter defense like last night, holding Ole Miss to 8 for 28 on three-pointers, which included the Rebels making just one of their final 10 heaves. If the Razorbacks can produce similar results, they can advance to SEC championship. Given the past two meetings odds were basically a home court edge, this game will likely open at a Pick or Vanderbilt at -1 and with the home town crowd and extreme confidence, for college basketball picks I'm backing the Commodores.

Free NCAAB Pick: Vanderbilt -3.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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