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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - 3/21/14 NCAA Tournament

Tennessee Volunteers (22-12) vs. Massachusetts Minutemen (24-8)

College Basketball: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm (PNC Arena, Raleigh)

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The Tennessee Volunteers and Massachusetts Minutemen will play in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. Tennessee beat the Iowa Hawkeyes on a Wednesday play in game, 78-65.

The Volunteers are a tough defensive team that allows 61.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting. The Volunteers have allowed 68 or less points in nine straight games, which includes two overtime matchups. Offensively, Tennessee averages 71.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. The Vols are led by senior guard Jordan McRae, who averages 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. As a team, Tennessee shoots 71 percent from the free throw line and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Tennessee Volunteers are 19-13 ATS overall this season.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Massachusetts Minutemen - 3/21/14 NCAA Tournament

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The Massachusetts Minutemen are more of an offensive team, averaging 76.1 points on 46 percent shooting. UMass has three players averaging at least 10.5 points and is led by senior guard Chaz Williams, who averages 15.8 points and seven assists. The Minutemen shoot 68.2 percent from the free throw line and 34.7 percent from downtown. Defensively, Massachusetts allows 70.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. The Minutemen are a feisty defensive bunch, averaging seven steals per game and six blocks. The Massachusetts Minutemen are 16-15 ATS overall this season.

Tennessee is a great defensive team and enters the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the tournament. Meanwhile, UMass has been widely inconsistent and can be extremely careless with the basketball.

For that, I’m taking the Volunteers in the chalk in this matchup, as Tennessee is the more complete team and is playing with supreme confidence at the moment. 

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