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Tennessee vs. Colgate - 3/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colgate vs. Tennessee
Date & Time Friday March 22, 2019, 2:45 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Tennessee -17.5 -- Over/Under: 148
TV Channel
CBS
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The Colgate Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers meet Friday in the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the Nationwide Arena.

The Colgate Raiders enter this tournament on a 11-game winning streak and are fresh off a Patriot title. The Colgate Raiders are averaging 75.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Rapolas Ivanauskas is averaging 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds while Jordan Burns is averaging 15.8 points and 5.8 assists. Will Rayman is the third double-digit scorer and Tucker Richardson is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Colgate Raiders are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Colgate Raiders are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Colgate Raiders have won their last four non-home games.

The Tennessee Volunteers have won five of their last seven games and are coming off a blowout loss to the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 81.7 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 19 points and 3.1 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. Jordan Bone is the third double-digit scorer and Lamonte Turner is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have split their last six non-home games.

The Raiders are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Volunteers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. The over is 4-0 in Volunteers last 4 overall. The over is 5-1 in Volunteers last 6 neutral site games. The over is 5-1 in Raiders last 6 overall. The under is 11-5-1 in Raiders last 17 non-conference games.

Give the Colgate Raiders credit for what they've done this season, but the bottom line is that they simply don't play teams like Tennessee often. Colgate did have an out of conference schedule that included Penn State, Pittsburgh and South Florida, and all of those games were comfortable losses. The Tennessee Volunteers are athletic, long, physical and skilled, and they're an experienced bunch that knows they can't play around. I look for the Vols to come out hot and put Colgate away early. This is head and shoulders the toughest game of the season for Colgate, and we haven't seen this club battle tested enough to think it can hang around.

Pick:
Tennessee -17.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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