Vanderbilt Vs Northwestern Betting Pick, Odds & TV Info
The wait is finally over for college basketball fans, as it’s now time for the 2017 version of March Madness to begin. The games are going to be coming thick and fast, and we are going to do all we can to cover all the action, which includes hopefully giving you some winners to boost your bankroll. There is an interesting match-up right off the bat in the West Region, where the #8 Northwestern Wildcats, who are finally in the tournament for the first time in their history, will go head to head with the Vanderbilt Commodores of the SEC. Of all the games in the opening round of March Madness, it is very often the 8 versus 9 game that is the toughest to predict. You usually end up with a pair of evenly matched teams in this game, and it often comes down to a coin flip. Will Northwestern rise to the occasion at the first time of asking, or will they stumble and fall at the first hurdle? Find the latest college basketball point spreads here.
A Closer Look At The Commodores Vs Wildcats Betting Pick, Odds & TV Info
When: Thursday, March 16 at 4:30 PM EST
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
Live Stream: NCAA Live
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Vanderbilt Commodores
This Vanderbilt team made a bit of history by becoming the first team with 15 losses on the season (19-15 overall) to receive an at large bid. The Vanderbilt Commodores are a tough bunch to figure out, as they have a Jekyll and Hyde personality that makes it tough to figure out what they are going to do on any given night. After all, how can a team that loses to Middle Tennessee suddenly turn it around and go out and beat Florida? Where the Commodores have been a solid pick this year is against the spread, as they finished the season at 20-12 ATS. Vandy are a 1-point favorite for this one, and they can get the win if they get their 3-point game going, as they have done so often this season.
Why bet on the Northwestern Wildcats
It has been a banner year for Northwestern, as their 23 wins easily beat a team record. The big question now is whether this team can put aside that this is their first time at the big dance. If they come into this game a little tight, they could be in trouble against a Commodores team that can light it up from beyond the paint. The Wildcats do not really have a household name that can be their go to guy, but what they do have is a very deep bench, which could serve them well in this tournament. The Wildcats went 19-12 ATS this year, including being 8-5 ATS as the underdog.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I really don’t believe that Northwestern are going to be phased by playing in the tournament, and I believe they will use their depth to grind down the Wildcats. This is going to be a close one, but Northwestern moves on.
Vanderbilt Commodores 64 Northwestern Wildcats 68