Tennessee vs. Wright State - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (25-9) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (25-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wright State Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers meet Thursday in the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center.
The Wright State Raiders have won each of their last four games and are fresh off winning the Horizon Tournament. The Wright State Raiders are averaging 72.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 65.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Grant Benzinger is averaging 14.5 points and 5.4 rebounds while Loudon Love is averaging 12.9 points and 9.8 rebounds. Mark Hughes is dishing three assists and Jaylon Hall is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Wright State Raiders are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wright State Raiders are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Wright State Raiders are 3-0 SU on neutral sites this season.
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The Tennessee Volunteers enter the tournament winning 12 of their last 15 games and just losing to the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Championship. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 74.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 15.3 points and 1.8 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 13.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Lamonte Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Bowden is dishing 1.9 assists. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have won four of their last six neutral site games.
The Raiders are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Volunteers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 5-2 in Volunteers last 7 overall and the over is 4-1 in Raiders last 5 neutral site games.
The Tennessee Volunteers are playing some of their best ball of the season and currently look like a team that could make a push for maybe the elite eight. The Vols are physical, nasty and have an offense that can get hot for long stretches. The problem is the Vols are one of the youngest teams in the country, and we saw some of that youth spill over in the SEC Championship. The Wright State Raiders didn't play the toughest schedule in the world, but they're experienced, and are top-50 in the country in points allowed and field goal percentage allowed. Wright State can control the tempo of this game and make things interesting down the stretch. Give me the points.