Tennessee vs. Tennessee State - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee State Tigers (2-10) at Tennessee Volunteers (6-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Tennessee State Tigers face off on Saturday in Knoxville in college basketball action.
The Tennessee Volunteers are 6-4 this season and they have won four of their last five games. Tennessee is averaging 65.8 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 6.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Josh Richardson leads the Vols averaging 16.3 points per game. Kevin Punter is averaging 10.1 points, Armani Moore is averaging 10 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Detrick Mostella is averaging 6.2 points. Tennessee is known as a slow starter but that is usually because they play a tough schedule.
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The Tennessee State Tigers are just 2-10 this season and they have lost nine games in a row. Tennessee State is averaging 54.5 points and they are shooting 36.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Jay Harris leads the Tigers averaging 11.1 points per game. Marcus Roper is averaging 11 points, Xavier Richards is averaging 7.2 points, and Darreon Reddick is averaging 6.1 points. Tennessee State is 0-7 in road games this season.
Tennessee is 9-3-1 against the spread against the Ohio Valley Conference, 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six home games, and 1-8-2 against the spread in their last 11 games. Tennessee State is 12-4 against the spread in their last 16 road games, 8-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 9-3 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record.
Tennessee is the better team but the Vols always seem to make it interesting so I am going to go with Tennessee State here in what is a lean at best.