Vanderbilt at Kansas State 12/22/18 - NCAAB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:16 AM ET

The Vanderbilt Commodores (7 - 2) are on the road this week as they square off against the hometown Kansas State Wildcats (8 - 2).

Kansas State will be hosting this game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. Kansas State comes into this match-up having reeled off two straight victories, albeit over middling competition. Vanderbilt has been playing well, also, as the Commodores are also riding a two-game winning streak. K-State will be slightly favored in what should be a competitive game.

The Kansas State Wildcats are taking the floor with a team that prides itself on defensive awareness. Kansas State is surrendering just 58 PPG on defense to opposing teams while absolutely shutting down opponents from beyond the arc. Kansas State is led offensively by Barry Brown Jr (14 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG) and he figures to have the ball in his hands throughout this game. Vanderbilt takes the floor as the polar opposite style of team. Vandy is averaging 84 PPG on offense this season while shooting 48% from the floor as a team. The Commodores love to push the pace and no player is more important to their game than Simisola Shittu (15 PPG, 8 RPG). Shittu is an athletic player who can do damage down low, pushing K-State to defend the interior more effectively. Shittu's offense down low should open things up beyond the arc.

This Vandy team is coming off big win over Arizona State and that confidence carries over on Saturday. Expect close game right down to the wire with defense being big key today. Final Score Prediction, Vanderbilt Commodores win in upset but grab the points just in case 69-67.

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