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Arkansas vs. Tennessee - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Volunteers (9-2) at Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2)
Date & Time Saturday December 30, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -5 -- Over/Under: 153.5
TV Channel
SEC
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NCAA BB | Tennessee Volunteers (9-2) at Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2)
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We have some SEC action on the hardwood Saturday afternoon, as the #19 Tennessee Volunteers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in a college basketball matchup. 

The #19 Tennessee Volunteers will look to build on their solid 9-2 start, including a 79-60 victory over Wake Forest in their last outing. Jordan Bowden didn’t miss a single shot, leading the team with 17 points on 5 of 5 from 3-point range with a pair of free throws and a pair of blocks. Admiral Schofield came 2nd with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 6 rebounds, while Jordan Bone added 12 points and a team-high 5 assists. Grant Williams and Kyle Alexander each added 11 points to round out the scoring in double digits for the Vols, with Williams going 4 of 6 from the floor, while Alexander went 5 of 6 with 3 assists and a pair of blocks. Williams leads the team with an average of 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while James Daniel III is the team’s leading assist man with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is scoring 77.5 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 39.5% from behind the arc and 74.2% from the foul line this season.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will look for another victory to add to their current 5 game winning streak, including a 95-68 win over Cal State Bakersfield in their last outing. Jaylen Barford led the team with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 3 triples, while Daryl Macon added 16 points with a team-high 8 assists and a pair of steals. Anton Beard came 3rd with 15 points with 3 threes, while Darious Hall added 14 points and Dustin Thomas chipped in 10 points with a pair of steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Hogs in the win. Daniel Gafford added 6 points and a team-high 12 boards in the winning effort for Arkansas. Barford leads the team in scoring with 18.6 points per game this season, while Gafford is the team’s top rebounder with 6.2 boards per game and Macon leads the way with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas is scoring 90 points per game, good for the 8th-most in the country this season, while shooting 50.3% from the field, 41% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

Tennessee is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Arkansas is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. Tennessee is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Arkansas and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall. 

Tennessee hasn’t had a ton of success when it comes to covering the spread against the Razorbacks. However, Tennessee has shown that it can hang with the big boys and get the job done. Arkansas is a solid team that has some big wins in their own right this season, but this just has the feels of a tight game that could be decided in the final possessions, so I’ll want the points in my pocket here with the Vols.

Pick:
Tennessee +5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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