Vanderbilt vs. Temple total, prediction: Don’t expect many points

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The Vanderbilt Commodores are playing without a pair of potential starters to start the season, and on Tuesday, they will host a Temple team that is dealing with their own injury issues.

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

Vanderbilt is led by guard Scotty Pippen Jr.’s 16.9 points per game, but has only three other players averaging at least a 5.0 PPG, with 7-foot Liam Robbins and Dayton transfer Rodney Chatman currently rounding out the lineup. Only two Commodores are running in at least 4.5 rebounds per game.

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Vanderbilt has relied on 3-point attempts to put points on the board. Only 41.7 percent of its points came on two-point shots, ranking 339th in the nation, while the Commodores are allowing opponents to shoot 28.6 percent from beyond the arc, which is just inside the top 50.

With Vandy ranked 20th in the country in points allowed on a per-capture basis, and with both teams ranking outside the top 125 on a per-possession basis, Tuesday’s match in Nashville will leave both offenses singing the blues.

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Drama: Temple-Vanderbilt 135.5, Under.

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