Sunday's Best NCAAB Bets
Vanderbilt Commodores at Georgia Bulldogs (+6, 130)
The Commodores appear to be opening up the sails at the right time.
The team not only dropped 102 points in a win over Ole Miss this week, it was the first time Vandy had topped the century mark in five years. The Commodores are one of the SEC’s top shooting and in recent games they’ve surpassed their season averages. During a 2-1 stretch, Vanderbilt is shooting 48 percent from the field (80 of 165) and 45 percent from behind the arc (27 of 60). Freshman Kedren Johnson has been excellent off the bench lately, contributing 10 assists and just one turnover in the last three games.
Vanderbilt also dominated the team’s first meeting in Nashville earlier this season, out-scoring Georgia 32-16 in the paint and made 14 more free throws in an 11-point win.
Duke Blue Devils at Boston College Eagles (+15.5, 139.5)
The Blue Devils can move into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a win over the Eagles, who are tied for 10th and have the league’s worst overall winning percentage.
Duke teammates and brothers Mason and Miles Plumlee are combining to average 17.9 points and 16.3 rebounds, and one of them has led the team in rebounding in 24 of 26 games.
And all that domination in the paint is opening up room for the guards.
Seth Curry is averaging 18.6 points over the last five games, during which he’s been in double figures every time and shot 43.2 percent on 3-pointers. Austin Rivers, named the ACC Freshman of the Week for the fourth straight time, is averaging 15 points and has had 22 double-figure games.
Duke also leads the ACC with 8.2 threes per game and Boston College ranks third at 7.2.
Pick: Blue Devils