Tennessee vs. Butler - 12/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (8-1) at Tennessee Volunteers (3-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Butler Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers play Sunday at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Butler Bulldogs have won four straight games and play their second true road game. On the season, Butler is averaging 74.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and is allowing 54.2 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham leads Butler with 16.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting and Roosevelt Jones is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 assists. Kelan Martin is the third Butler player averaging double-digit points and Kameron Woods is grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have been playing lights out defense this season, forcing more than 17 turnovers, holding teams to 25.3 percent shooting from deep and allowing no more than 66 points in a single game. Offensively, Butler is shooting 65.9 percent from the free throw line and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.
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The Tennessee Volunteers have split their last four games and will play their third ranked team. On the season, Tennessee is averaging 65.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 68.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Josh Richardson leads the Vols with 16 points and 4.5 rebounds while Armani Moore is averaging 11 points and 6.7 rebounds. Kevin Punter os shooting 41.2 percent from the field and Jabari McGhee is grabbing 4.3 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers are struggling offensively with just two double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 63.5 percent from the line and 26.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, the Volunteers are forcing 15 turnovers per game and holding teams to 38.2 percent shooting from deep. This is the Vols third home game of the year.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Volunteers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games and 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Vols have experience of playing ranked teams already this season and the home crowd should help them here. While Butler may be the better team, I like the Vols in this situation getting the win and covering the tiny number.