Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee Tech (+27.5)
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (0-7) travel to Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Tennessee Volunteers (3-0). Tennessee opens this contest as 27.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 128.
Tennessee Tech steps onto the court with a mark of 0-7 for the season. The Golden Eagles are hitting 25.5% on shots from downtown (39 of 153) and 62.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 59.7 pts per contest (307th in the nation) while connecting on 40.6% from the field. They are giving up possession 18.1 times per game and as a group they commit 18.4 fouls per game. As a unit, Tennessee Tech is collecting 35.7 rebounds per game and is sitting with 85 dimes this year, which is 93rd in the country in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Golden Eagles are forcing their opponents into 11.9 turnovers per game and they draw 13.4 fouls. The Golden Eagles defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.0% (191 of 424) and they surrender 37.0 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 306th in D-1 in allowing assists with 105 relinquished so far this season. They are giving up 29.5% from beyond the arc and they rank 257th in college hoops in points per game allowed (75.3).
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and ended up losing by a score of 74-50 in their last game. Tennessee Tech wrapped up the game having earned a 33.3% field goal percentage (18 of 54) and made 6 of 29 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Golden Eagles made 8 of 9 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Pertaining to rebounding, they collected 25 with 4 of them being offensive. They also doled out 7 dimes for the contest in addition to getting 10 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defending, Tennessee Tech allowed their opponent to shoot 33.3% from the floor on 18 out of 54. Jacksonville State doled out 17 dimes and 12 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Gamecocks totaled 33 boards (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Jacksonville State finished shooting 50.0% from the free throw line by converting 3 of 6 attempts. They also converted 11 out of their 29 tries from beyond the arc.
Kenny White is one player who saw a lot of minutes for the matchup. He scored 12 points on 4 out of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 21 mins played and also snagged 2 boards. White finished shooting 50.0% from the field and earned 2 assists. One more player that came through in this contest for the Golden Eagles was Tujautae Williams. He totaled 3 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He finished shooting 75.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 3-of-4 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Williams played 21 min.
Tennessee has a mark of 3-0 this season. The Volunteers are responsible for committing 13.7 fouls per game and they hit 79.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 11.0 times per contest (285th in the nation) and they cough up possession 10.7 times per game. Tennessee has scored 200 pts on the campaign (66.7 per contest) and they pull in 40.7 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Volunteers are connecting on 39.7% from the field, which ranks them 304th in the nation. The Volunteers on defense are ranked 1st in college hoops in points allowed per game with 47.0. The Tennessee defense gives up 25.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (18 of 71) and their opponents are connecting on 67.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 8.3 assists and 33.0 boards per contest, which is 16th and 102nd in those categories on the defensive end. They are able to force 19.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 33.6% from the field (6th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Tennessee Volunteers walked away with a victory by a final of 79-38 against the Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Volunteers recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards totaling 40 in this contest. They turned away 5 shots while recording 13 steals in this matchup. The Mountaineers were called for 14 personal fouls for the contest which got the Volunteers to the charity stripe for a total of 9 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.8%. With respect to 3-pointers, Tennessee made 6 out of their 18 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Volunteers finished shooting 33 out of 67 from the field which had them sitting at 49.3%. The Volunteers permitted the Mountaineers to convert 12 of 43 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 27.9% for this game. They finished shooting 23.8% from distance by shooting 5 out of 21 and finished the contest at 9 out of 15 at the free throw line (60.0%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Tennessee permitted Appalachian State to grab 24 in total (7 on the offensive side).
John Fulkerson ended up playing a lot for the Volunteers for this game. He converted 6 of 9 for the game giving him a rate of 66.7%, which got him 12 points. Fulkerson pulled down 5 rebounds in his 25 minutes and accumulated 2 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that played a role for Tennessee was Josiah-Jordan James. He left the arena with 11 points in his 22 minutes played via 4 out of 9 from the floor for the game. James ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor in addition to earning 2 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Tennessee Tech (+27.5)
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