Tennessee vs. Gardner-Webb - 11/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (1-2) at Tennessee Volunteers (2-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -14 -- Over/Under: 151 See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers will face off at Thompson-Boling Arena in the Barclays Center Classic this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs improved to 1-2 (0-0 Big South) on the season after defeating the NCCAA Toccoa Falls Eagles 125-79 this past Thursday. Gardner-Webb scored an impressive 68 points in the first half and had a commanding 31 point halftime lead in the victory. Gardner-Webb was on fire offensively as they shot 64.9% from the field and 50.0% (11-22) from beyond the arc. The Runnin Bulldogs allowed the Eagles to shoot 47.6% from the field however, outrebounded Toccoa Falls by a 49-20 margin. Leading the way for Gardner-Webb was Tyrell Nelson who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks. On the season, the Runnin’ Bulldogs have been led by Tyrell Nelson (15.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Harold McBride (10.7 ppg), and Isaiah Ivey (9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Gardner-Webb is shooting 48.1% from the field in their first three games and is averaging 15.3 apg. Defensively, the Runnin’ Bulldogs are allowing their opponents to shoot 48.6% from the field and have a rebound margin of 4.0.
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The Tennessee Volunteers were able to bounce back from their 69-67 loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and improved to 2-1 (0-0 SEC) on the season after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd 84-74 this past Thursday. The Volunteers found themselves down by three after the 1st half but outscored Marshall by a 49-36 margin in the 2nd half to secure the victory. Tennessee shot 40.0% from the field and an impressive 83.3% (25-30) from the FT line in the victory. The Volunteers held Marshall to 25.7% (9-35) from beyond the arc and forced the Thundering Herd to commit 14 turnovers. Leading the way for Tennessee was Armani Moore who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Volunteers have been led by Kevin Punter (19.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Robert Hubbs III (16.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg), and Armani Moore (16.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.3 bpg). Offensively, Tennessee is shooting 41.7% from the field and just 27.8% from beyond the arc on the season. Defensively, the Volunteers are holding their opponents to 40.0% shooting and are averaging 5.3 bpg.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games however just 2-14-2 ATS in their last 18 home games.
Gardner Webb was able to pick up 20 wins last season and although they lost some players, they still are have some major size in Tyrell Nelson who is one of the best players in the Big South. Tennessee now has former Texas coach Rick Barnes in charge, however, Tennessee is somewhat in rebuilding mode and doesn’t have their leading scorer from last season in Josh Richardson (16.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 spg). Tennessee should be able to get back on track with Barnes but Gardner Webb does have some talent on their club and I think they will be able to keep this one within the large number. Take Gardner Webb and the points.