(KSDK Sports) -- Both the Billikens and the Commodores are playing good basketball right now and Vegas is having a hard time picking a winner. Below is the preview from our partners at Sportschatplace.com and it appears they're giving Vanderbilt a slight edge, picking them to win by two.
The Saint Louis Billikens have won five games in a row and are once again looking like a contender to make the NCAA Tournament. St. Louis is 3-0 on the road this season and their only losses have come to teams ranked in the top 25.
Dwayne Evans is averaging 15.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game to lead the Billikens. Jordair Jett is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 assists and Mike McCall Jr. and Rob Loe are both averaging 9.7 points per game.
St. Louis is averaging 72.2 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 58.4 points and their opponents are shooting 39.3 percent.
St. Louis begins A-10 play on January 7th against Rhode Island.
The Vanderbilt Commodores have won five of their last six games and are playing their best basketball of the season. Vandy is 5-0 at home this season and have played the 105th ranked schedule but they haven't beaten a team with a RPI better than 150.
Eric McClellan is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds to lead the Commodores. Rod Odom is averaging 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, Kyle Fuller is averaging 10 points, and Damian Jones is averaging 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds. Vanderbilt is averaging 72.2 points and they are shooting 46.5 percent and their opponents are averaging 69.1 points and they are shooting 41.1 percent. Vandy starts SEC play on January 7th at Alabama.
Vanderbilt is 7-3 against the spread against the A-10, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 home games against a team with a winning road record. St. Louis is 1-4 against the spread following a win, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 1-5 against the spread against the SEC.