Louisville Cardinals (3-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (3-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 21, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -7 -- Over/Under: 143
The Louisville Cardinals and the Tennessee Volunteers meet in a college basketball matchup on Wednesday as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off from the Barclays Center.
The Louisville Cardinals come into this game with a 3-0 record after an 86-78 win over Vermont in their last outing. Jordan Nwora led the Cardinals with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 4 threes, while Darius Perry added 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and a share of the team-high with 4 assists. V.J. King and Steven Enoch each added 14 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for the Cardinals in the winning effort. Nwora leads the Cardinals with 18 points and 6 rebounds per game while Ryan McMahon leads Louisville with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Louisville is averaging 91.7 points per game on 53.5% shooting from the field, 37.3% from behind the 3-point line and 78% from the foul line this season.
The Tennessee Volunteers also come in at 3-0 following an 66-53 win over Georgia Tech in their last outing. Grant Williams led the Vols with 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a 10 of 16 mark from the foul line along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Jordan Bone came 2nd with 15 points while Kyle Alexander chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Vols in the winning effort. Jordan Bowden chipped in 5 points but added a game-high 11 rebounds for Tennessee in the win. Williams leads Tennessee with 22 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Admiral Schofield (who is questionable for this game) leads Tennessee with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 79.7 points per game on 50.9% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 66.2% from the foul line this season.
Louisville is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against the SEC and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Tennessee is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the ACC and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.
Louisville has gotten off to a strong start to the season, however the Cardinals haven’t faced a test like the one that Tennessee is going to bring to the table. The Vols didn’t get the cover against Georgia Tech, but they held the Yellow Jackets to just 53 points, which is their average in terms of points against this season. The Volunteers also own the lowest field goal percentage against in the country so I think that Tennessee comes out and stifles the Louisville offense and bags a win and cover here.