Nashville Regional Odds & Picks: Bets for Vanderbilt & Oregon in 2023 NCAA Tournament
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Nashville Regional Odds
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Game 1: Oregon (37-20) vs. Xavier (37-23) · 1 p.m. ET Friday · ESPN+
Game 2: Vanderbilt (41-18) vs. Eastern Illinois (38-19) · 8 p.m. ET Friday · SEC Network
If Clemson is the hottest team in the nation, Vanderbilt is certainly the second-most flammable. A massive eight-run eighth inning during a May 19 game against Arkansas sparked the Commodores' through a run to the SEC Tournament Championship.
Head coach Tim Corbin has another squad with multiple dimensions, from a top-10 pitching staff and a top-15 defensive lineup to the electric Enrique Bradfield Jr. on the base paths.
— Vanderbilt Baseball (@VandyBoys) May 20, 2023
Corbin may elect to piece together Game 1 with Sam Hliboki and bullpen arms because of recent injuries to the staff. If this is a bullpen opener for Vanderbilt, the run line on Eastern Illinois is worth a look, as the inflated market expects the Commodore aces to take the mound.
Logan Mercado is expected to take opening duties for Oregon, but he hasn't lasted longer than 4.1 innings in any of his last four starts. Grayson Grinsell has received a few starts and has the most appearances of any pitcher on the Ducks' staff, as the freshman may show up in multiple games during any stretch.
Xavier does have the better pitching staff by the numbers, and it's projected to send Brant Alazaus to the mound in the opener. The Musketeers are projected -120 as favorites over Oregon to kick off Friday.
If Xavier were to advance, Ethan Bosacker would take the mound against one of Vanderbilt's aces in Devin Futrell, putting the true odds for Vanderbilt to win the regional at -160.
- Series: Vanderbilt -160 or Better
- Game 1: Xavier +125
- Game 2: Eastern Illinois Run Line (with Sam Hliboki for Vanderbilt)