The Vanderbilt Commodores (6-4) will be at home in Memorial Gym when they meet the UNCW Seahawks (5-7). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
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In the Seahawks’ last contest, they lost to the Mercer Bears, 72-63. With 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting, Jaylen Sims led UNCW in scoring. Mercer had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 32.6). UNCW, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.172 vs. 0.141).
The Commodores are trying to rebound after their 78-70 loss to the Loyola Chicago Ramblers in their last contest. Aaron Nesmith was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Loyola Chicago had a free throw rate of 0.340 (above their season average of 0.275). Vanderbilt, on the other hand, held the Ramblers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below the 28.5 mark opponents have averaged against Vanderbilt this season).
The productive offense of Vanderbilt will square off against the mid-tier defense of UNCW. The Commodores rank 46th in offensive efficiency, while the Seahawks are 193rd in defensive efficiency. The Commodores should have the edge on that side of the ball.
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College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Vanderbilt, ATS Winner – UNCW, O/U – Over
The Commodores average 14.0 assists per game, which ranks 89th in the nation. The Seahawks rank 126th in assists allowed per game (13.1).
Vanderbilt averages 35.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 141st in the country. UNCW ranks 149th in rebounds allowed per game (35.7).
Vanderbilt ranks 28th in three pointers allowed per game (18.4) while UNCW ranks 168th (23.3).
The Commodores rank 32nd in blocks per game (4.9) while the Seahawks rank 134th (2.6).
Vanderbilt ranks 58th in steals per game (7.7) while UNCW ranks 98th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
The Commodores have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. For the season, Vanderbilt has defeated opponents by an average of 7.7 points.
During their last five games, the Seahawks have scored an average of 71.0 points per game (1.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average).