Tennessee vs. East Tennessee State - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (5-5) at Tennessee Volunteers (5-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will travel to Thompson-Boling Arena to take on the Tennessee Volunteers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers improved to 5-5 (0-0 Southern) on the season after defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 87-81, this past Friday. East Tennessee State was outstanding offensively as they shot 54.5% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the arc. The Buccaneers allowed the Colonels to shoot 53.1% from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from three-point range. East Tennessee State outrebounded Eastern Kentucky by a 29-26 margin and forced the Colonels to commit 21 turnovers. Leading the way for East Tennessee State was T.J. Cromer who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Buccaneers have been led by Ge’Lawn Guyn (18.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.0 bpg), T.J. Cromer (14.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and A.J. Merriweather (9.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 spg). East Tennessee State is averaging 78.9 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Buccaneers average 7.0 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 0.90. Defensively, East Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 74.9 ppg on 44.5% shooting. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of -2.9 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
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The Tennessee Volunteers dropped to 5-5 (0-0 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 86-79, this past Saturday. Tennessee was able to fight back from a 19-point deficit but allowed Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis to have a career game and couldn’t pull off the come from behind victory. Tennessee shot 43.9% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc. The Volunteers allowed Gonzaga to shoot 46.0% from the field and was outrebounded by Gonzaga by a 42-32 margin. Leading the way for Tennessee was Kevin Punter who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, the Volunteers have been led by Kevin Punter (23.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Armani Moore (15.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Robert Hubbs III (13.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, Tennessee is averaging 80.4 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from three-point range. The Volunteers average 7.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.36. Defensively, Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 76.2 ppg on 41.0% shooting. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of -3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Buccaneers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games however, just 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS win. The Volunteers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
East Tennessee State is a team that likes to keep the pace fast and has gotten some great production from transfer Ge’Lawn Guyn so far this season. Tennessee is only 5-5 but has been very competitive in losses against George Washington, Butler, and Gonzaga. Tennessee is a rebuilding team under Rick Barnes however and although they will be tough at home, I think East Tennessee State will be able to score against the Volunteers and keep this one within the number. Take East Tennessee State and the points.