Tennessee vs. Marshall - 11/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (0-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd and Tennessee Volunteers meet Thursday at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Marshall Thundering Herd begin the season with this tough road game. Ryan Taylor returns after leading Marshall with 14.1 points and 8.6 rebounds while Austin Loop averaged 11.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. Justin Edmonds dished 1.3 assists and Aleksa Nikolic grabbed 4.1 rebounds. The Marshall Thundering Herd return two double-digit scorers and have many quality rebounders from a team that averaged 37 boards per game. In order for Marshall to improve on last year’s 11 victories, the defense will have to be leaps and bounds better. Marshall has lost its last five road games. VMI transfer Jon Elmore is out for about another month.
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The Tennessee Volunteers look to get back on track after a 1-1 start to the year. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 74.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 73.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Kevin Punter is averaging 20 points and two assists while Robert Hubbs III is averaging 15.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. Armani Moore is the third double-digit scorer and Derek Reese is grabbing nine rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are grabbing 37 rebounds per game and allowing just 22.2 percent shooting from deep. Tennessee now has to be more consistent offensively and limit its 14 turnovers. The Vols showed promise on Monday with just a two-point loss on the road against Georgia Tech.
The Thundering Herd are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Volunteers are 2-13-2 ATS in their last 17 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. Conference USA.
Tennessee showed its potential in a road game against Georgia Tech. We have yet to see Marshall play this year, but things weren't good last season. Give me the Vols by double digits.