15* SEC GAME OF THE NIGHT on Vanderbilt +8.5
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee,
01/29/2013 19:00 EDT,
Score: 57 - 58
Point Spread: +8½/-109 Vanderbilt
The Tennessee Volunteers are one of the most overrated teams in the country this season. At 10-8 on the season, this is clearly a team in rebuilding mode. They miss arguably their best player in Jeronne Maymon, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
Tennessee has lost five of its last seven games with its only wins coming at home over Mississippi State and Alabama. That was a fortunate win Saturday as the Vols had to rally late for a 54-53 home win over the Crimson Tide, and that victory has them overvalued heading into this one.
Vanderbilt is playing its best basketball of the season here of late. It has won two of its last three games, while also taking Ole Miss to overtime four games ago. It won at South Carolina 58-51 before coming back home for a 73-61 win over Auburn. It did lost at Missouri 59-81 on Saturday, but that loss has it undervalued heading into this one.
This is an in-state rivalry that will be played close to the vest as it usually is. These teams have split each of their last six meetings dating back to 2010. All three of Vanderbilt's losses during this stretch came by single-digits.
Vanderbilt is 11-1 ATS in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing