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Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (4-8) at Tennessee Volunteers (10-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -31.5 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
SEC
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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and Tennessee Volunteers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles look for a statement victory after splitting their last eight games. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are averaging 66.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 84.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Micaiah Henry is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while Hunter Vick is averaging 11.7 points and 2.9 assists. Jr. Clay is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Tillery is dishing 1.2 assists. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have lost all six road games this season.

The Tennessee Volunteers look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 84.4 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 19.6 points and 4.2 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 18.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jordan Bowden is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Alexander is grabbing seven rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.9 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have won all seven home games this season.

The Golden Eagles are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Volunteers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 37-18-1 in Golden Eagles last 56 non-conference games. The under is 12-5 in Volunteers last 17 non-conference games.

The Tennessee Volunteers are looking more and more like title contenders, but they're just 4-5-1 ATS on the season and don't exactly lay the wood on teams the way you'd expect. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have played a lot of road games already, and while they're winless on the road, they're being outscored by just 27.2 points. We're getting a couple of extra buckets. The Vols have SEC play coming up and probably aren't motivated to blow the doors off. This is a lot of points to lay. I'll take a shot with the points.

Pick:
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +31.5

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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