No. 24 Tennessee @ Vanderbilt: How to Watch, Odds, Predictions

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    The Tennessee Volunteers will travel west to take on Vanderbilt in a Volunteer State matchup on Tuesday night in Nashville.

    After the Vols took a beating against Kentucky in Lexington, Tennessee will look to regroup against an in-state rival in Vanderbilt.

    On Monday morning, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes spoke to the media and gave his thoughts on the Vanderbilt team.

    “I think Jerry (Stackhouse) has done a terrific job,” Barnes said to the media. “He is building the program more and more. They have done a great job developing players that have stayed with them and helped them and really find their roles and their niche. As you know, they shoot the ball well. They have good balance. They run really good stuff on offense. They are changing their defenses up. You can see a couple different defenses out of them. Certainly, Scotty Pippen Jr., preseason player of the year. He gets a lot of attention and for him to keep putting up the numbers that he is putting up is pretty impressive. But he has got some other guys around him that are really playing the roles they need to play.”

    The Vols will look for their 12th win on the season and third win in conference play tonight in Nashville.

    How to Watch – No. 24 Tennessee (11-5, 2-3 SEC) @ Vanderbilt (10-6, 2-2 SEC)

    Odds and Statistics

    Odds up to date as of 1/18 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

    • Fanduel Sportsbook
      • Spread: Tennessee -6.5 (-110)/Vanderbilt +6.5 (-110)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee -265/Vanderbilt +215
      • Total: Over/Under 135 (-110)
    • DraftKings
      • Spread: Tennessee -6.5 (-110)/Vanderbilt +6.5 (-110)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee -275/Vanderbilt +220
      • Total: Over/Under 135 (-110)
    • ESPN’s Basketball Power Index currently gives Tennessee a 73.9 percent chance to win the game.
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    Previous Matchups
    • Tennessee and Vanderbilt have been slugging it out on the hardwood for generations at this point with the first meeting coming in 1922. The matchup on Tuesday will mark 100 years of matchups between Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The Vols do lead the series, 126-75.
    • Tennessee has won 10 of 11 against Vanderbilt, eight straight against Vanderbilt, and five straight against Vanderbilt in Nashville.

    Probable Starters (via UT Sports)

    Tennessee Vanderbilt

    Stat Leaders


    • Points: Santiago Vescovi – 14.0 PPG, 43.2 FG%, 72.2 FT%
    • Rebounds: Josiah-Jordan James – 5.9 RPG, 4.5 DRPG, 1.5 ORPG
    • Assists: Kennedy Chandler – 4.9 APG, 2.6 TOPG, 29.9 MPG


    • Points: Scotty Pippen Jr – 18.8 PPG, 43.6 FG%, 72.4 FT%
    • Rebounds: Jordan Wright – 6.0 RPG, 4.3 DRPG, 1.7 ORPG
    • Assists: Scotty Pippen Jr – 3.1 APG, 3.3 TOPG, 31.4 MPG

    Last Five Games


    • 1/15/22 – L – Tennessee 79 @ Kentucky 107
    • 1/11/22 – W – South Carolina 46 @ Tennessee 66
    • 1/8/22 – L – Tennessee 67 @ LSU 79
    • 1/5/22 – W/OT – Ole Miss 60 @ Tennessee 66
    • 12/29/21 – L – Tennessee 68 @ Alabama 73


    • 1/15/22 – W – Vanderbilt 73 @ Georgia 66
    • 1/11/22 – L – Kentucky 78 @ Vanderbilt 66
    • 1/8/22 – L – South Carolina 72 @ Vanderbilt 70
    • 1/4/22 – W – Vanderbilt 75 @ Arkansas 74
    • 12/23/21 – W – BYU 67 @ Vanderbilt 69

    RTI Predictions:

    Ryan Schumpert:

    Tennessee heads west on Interstate-40 looking for its ninth straight win over rival Vanderbilt. Jerry Stackhouse’s third Vanderbilt team is improved and appears to be out of the SEC’s basement. The Commodores’ growth has mostly come on the defensive end with their defense ranking 50th in KenPom. Pair that with a struggling Tennessee team playing on the road, and you have the makings for a right matchup tonight at Memorial Gymnasium. Offensively, everything runs through preseason SEC Player of the Year Scotty Pippen Jr. The star point guard is averaging 18.8 points per game, though, turnovers (3.3 per game) have plagued the junior. If Tennessee’s on-ball defense looks like it did Saturday in Lexington, Pippen will have a big night and maybe end the Commodore’s losing streak. I think the Vols’ defense snaps back into form.

    Score: Tennessee 65, Vanderbilt 61

    Ric Butler:

    Some interesting things heading into this game. Tennessee has lost three-straight SEC road games, while Vanderbilt has two-straight SEC home losses. Both teams will be desperately looking for a win tonight, but I do think that is a major game that Tennessee has to have in order to get back on track. One thing that I am going to find interesting will be Tennessee’s offensive statistics in this game. Even though Kentucky scored 107 on the Vols on Saturday, Tennessee actually did have one of its best statistical shooting games of the season. I want to see Tennessee carry forward that offensive aggressiveness, and not let it get weighed down by what happened on defense on Saturday. That being said, I think Kentucky would have beaten anyone in the country that day. For Tennessee, the Vols will need this game to get back to a defensive-first mindset. I don’t think this will be an entirely peaceful game for the Tennessee faithful watching, but I do think that the Vols get the win by the time the clock hits zero.

    Score: Tennessee 71, Vanderbilt 67

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.