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Purdue vs. Tennessee - 3/28/19 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Purdue at Tennessee
Date & Time Thursday March 28, 2019, 7:29 PM (EDT)
Location
KFC Yum! Center
Louisville, Kentucky
The Line
Tennessee Volunteers -1 O/U: 147
TV Channel
TBS
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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Purdue Boilermakers and the Tennessee Volunteers will meet up in the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA college basketball tournament on Thursday.

Purdue enters this one with a 25-9 mark overall. So far in the NCAA Tournament, the Boilermakers have come up with victories over Old Dominion in the First Round, and Villanova in the Second Round.

In the win over the Wildcats, Purdue’s top scorer was Carsen Edwards with 42 points, six rebounds and one assist. Matt Haarms added 18 points with nine rebounds and a pair of assists for the Boilermakers in that one as well.

Over on the Tennessee side, they’re 31-5 this year overall. The Volunteers took out Colgate 77-70 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, then beat Iowa 83-77 on Sunday.

In the OT win over the Hawkeyes, Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams each scored 19 points to lead the team. Williams added five assists and seven rebounds there, and Schofield had five boards for the Vols.

The Boilermakers are 4-0 ATS in their last four Thursday games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 versus the SEC. Purdue is 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and 40-19 ATS in their last 59 non-conference games.

Meanwhile, the Vols are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 overall. Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in their last eight after an ATS loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games.

Purdue put up a very impressive win over a strong Wildcats team, jumping out to a dominant 43-24 victory at halftime and cruising the rest of the way to the 87-61 final. This will undoubtedly be the Boilermakers’ most staunch test so far however, and they’ll be hard-pressed to keep pace.

That said, the Volunteers haven’t exactly been dominant in this NCAA tourney, with both their wins coming by seven or fewer. With the line so thin however, I’m hesitantly going to trust the Vols to wake up here and play like they’re capable—maybe eking one out by two or three points. It’s a tough call, though.

Pick:
Tennessee Volunteers -1

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