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Peterson: Best bet for Temple vs. Vanderbilt

By Greg Peterson  ( 

December 6, 2021 09:30 PM

The Vanderbilt Commodores have been playing without a pair of potential starters to begin the season and will be playing host to a Temple team that is dealing with their own injury issues on Tuesday night.

Temple Owls at Vanderbilt Commodores (-8.5, 135)

(stats as of Monday morning)

The Owls will be without top scorer Khalif Battle for the rest of the season, leaving Temple with one rotation player that has taken at least five 3-point shots this season and made at least 30 percent of them.

Vanderbilt has just four players averaging at least five points per game with 7-foot Liam Robbins and Dayton transfer Rodney Chatman currently out of the lineup, leaving the Commodores with just two players hauling in at least 4.5 rebounds per game.

Vanderbilt has relied on 3-point attempts to put points on the board, with just 41.7 percent of their points coming on made 2-point shots, which is 340th in the country. Opponents are only shooting 28.6 percent from beyond the arc against the 'Dores, so look for scoring in 2s instead of 3s.

The Commodores are 22nd in the country in points allowed on a per-possession basis and, with both teams outside the top 125 in points scored on a per-possession basis, Tuesday’s match up in Nashville will leave both offenses singing the blues.

Pick: Under 135

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