Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play February 24th


#705 TENNESSEE (-8) over Vanderbilt at 9 PM EST
Off that shocking 15-point home loss to Kentucky, Tennessee will travel to Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville on Wednesday and steamroll Vanderbilt. The Commodores check into the SEC contest off a pair of competitive straight up losses to Kentucky and Alabama (by a combined eight points) and they’ll run out of gas in this game. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.

A quick glance at the History Book shows that the Volunteers have played well in this series posting a proud 29-14 SU and 26-17 ATS mark in the last 43 meetings. In this run playing on the road, UT explodes to a lucrative 12-8 SU and 13-7 ATS. Also, when hitting the hardwood without confidence off a straight up loss, the Vols have assembled a powerful 45-16 SU and 39-21 ATS tally in their last 61 games provided their opponent scoots in off a blemish as well. In this role competing off a loss of eight points or more, head coach Rick Barnes’ crew improves to a healthy 30-8 SU and 27-11 ATS including a sensational 18-7 SU and 21-4 ATS if they are priced as an underdog or a favorite of -7.5 or less.

Yes, Vanderbilt is showing signs of life right now. But, the fact remains that the ‘Dores are just 38-78 SU and 40-59-5 ATS in their last 116 games including a dismal 19-33-4 ATS if they are playing in the comforts of home. With those two parameters live and head coach Jerry Stackhouse’s boys battling a foe that sports a team won/loss percentage of .501 or better, this technical situation drops to a shocking 13-30 SU and 12-29 ATS. In addition, when matched up against an opponent that takes the floor off a straight up loss of 10 points or more, Vandy has slipped in 15 of its last 24 battles.

Ranked 18th in the NCAA in scoring defense allowing an average of 62.7 points per game, the Vols will bounce back off that embarrassing 15-point loss to the Wildcats by grabbing a blowout of their own here. Take Tennessee. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.

Stryker connected on two out of three Best Bets yesterday picking up wins on Bowling Green (MAC Game of the Week) and Buffalo and he’s back on Wednesday armed with one elite wager that will break the bank. A golden 10-0 ATS angle supports this money-maker along with outstanding home versus road dichotomy. Grab Tom’s CBB Conference Game of the Month for $30.