Vandy Vs Northwestern Betting AdviceNoah Williams
The ninth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats will look to build on making their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance while taking out the eighth-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores when the two playoff hopefuls square off in their West Region opener on Thursday.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) March 12, 2017
Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value in this highly-anticipated pairing.
How To Bet The Vanderbilt Commodores Vs. Northwestern Wildcats Odds & TV Info
Northwestern is a 1-point underdog when they meet Vanderbilt on Thursday, March 16 at 4:30 PM ET, with this matchup going down live from Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah while airing live on TBS.
No. 9 Vanderbilt (19-15) vs. No. 8 Northwestern (23-11)
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NCAAB Odds: Northwestern +1
Why Bet The Northwestern Wildcats Odds at +1
The eighth-seeded Wildcats will be making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after getting blitzed in their humbling 76-48 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament semifinals to fall to an uninspiring 5-5 SU over their last 10 games.
Still, Northwestern (19-12 ATS) did manage to beat the Badgers 66-59 on the road as an 11.5-point underdog on Feb. 12 and now I believe they have the look of dangerous ballclub.
While Northwestern ranks just 233rd in scoring (71.1 ppg), the Wildcats have been one of the best defensive teams in the nation I limiting their opponents to just 65.1 points per game defensively (34th) while limiting their opponents to just 40.3 percent shooting from the field (23rd).
Why Bet The Vanderbilt Commodores Odds at -1
Ninth-seeded Vanderbilt (20-12 ATS)had their three-game winning streak snapped in their 76-62 SEC tournament loss against Arkansas on Saturday, but the Commodores still became the first team to earn an at-large bid with 15 losses, mostly because they beat nationally-ranked Florida twice in span of six days.
Vandy averages 71.3 points per game (224th) on 43.1 percent shooting (249th) and 37.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc (61st). Defensively, the Commodores allow 68.1 points per game (74th) on 42.3 percent shooting (97th). The Commodores have four double-digit scorers on their roster.
Vandy Vs Northwestern Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Commodores and Wildcats both average just over 71.0 points per game, but Northwestern gives up three fewer points per game and plays a better caliber of competition in the Big Ten than Vandy does in the watered-down SEC.
While the betting public is split right down the middle on this contest, I like Northwestern to seize the moment by getting the huge victory. I know Vanderbilt is 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record, but the Commodores are also just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against teams from the Big Ten.
Conversely, Northwestern is 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an SU loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
Last but not least, Vanderbilt went 3-4 SU and ATS in seven neutral site games while Northwestern has gone 4-2 SU and ATS in six neutral site games.
My final score prediction is Northwestern 73 Vanderbilt 71