Tennessee Volunteers vs Florida Gators Prediction, 1/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Florida Gators
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Location: Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee (-3.5)
The Florida Gators (6-4) host the Tennessee Volunteers (10-1) at Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Tuesday. Florida opens this contest as 3.5-point dogs. The total is set at 137.
Tennessee heads into this game with a mark of 10-1 for the season. The Volunteers are connecting on 34.7% on shots from beyond the arc (68 of 196) and 74.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 77.2 points per contest (85th in D-1) on 46.7% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 9.9 times per contest and as a team they are committing 15.7 personal fouls every game. As a team, Tennessee is pulling down 37.3 rebounds per game and has totaled 175 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 111th in the country in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Volunteers are able to force 17.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.2 personal fouls. The Volunteers defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 38.5% (222 of 577) and they concede 31.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 52nd in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 100 surrendered so far this season. They give up 30.3% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 4th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (57.2).
The Tennessee Volunteers faced the Vanderbilt Commodores and earned the victory with a final of 81-61 in their last contest. Tennessee ended the contest with a 49.0% FG percentage (25 of 51) and made 7 of 21 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Volunteers converted 24 of 33 shots for a percentage of 72.7%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 33 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 18 assists for the contest in addition to having 9 steals and 3 blocks. When it comes to defense, Tennessee allowed their opponent to shoot 49.0% from the field on 25 out of 51 shooting. Vanderbilt distributed 6 assists and had 2 steals for the game. Additionally, the Commodores had 29 boards (8 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Vanderbilt shot 76.2% from the free throw line by burying 16 of 21 tries. They converted 5 out of their 23 shots from beyond the arc.
Keon Johnson is one player who was a major factor for this game. He accounted for 16 points on 4 out of 8 shooting. He saw the court for 21 minutes played and pulled down 3 rebounds. Johnson ended up going 50.0% from the field and also recorded 3 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Volunteers was John Fulkerson. He collected 8 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He finished shooting 83.3% from the floor for the contest by shooting 5-of-6 (15 points). When the final whistle was blown, Fulkerson played for 28 min.
Florida has a record of 6-4 this year. As an offense, the Gators are shooting 46.4% from the field, which has them ranked 98th in Division 1. Florida has scored 767 points this season (76.7 per contest) and they collect 35.2 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 12.1 times per contest (260th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest. The Gators have committed 19.5 fouls per game and they shoot 74.6% from the free throw line. The Gators on defense are ranked 200th in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 71.0. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (160th in D-1). The Florida defense allows 36.9% on three-point shots (66 of 179) and opponents are connecting on 71.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 12.2 assists and 34.3 total boards per game, which ranks them 136th and 137th in the country.
When they last stepped on the court, the Florida Gators took a loss by a final score of 72-69 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Gators collected 16 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 22 for the matchup. They rejected 7 attempts while getting 5 steals for this contest. The Bulldogs earned 15 fouls in the matchup which got the Gators to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to bury 14 of the free throws for a clip of 87.5%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, Florida made 5 of their 19 attempts (26.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Gators finished 25 for 61 from the floor which had them at 41.0%. The Gators permitted the Bulldogs to make 29 of their 60 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.3% for this game. They finished 12.5% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 1 of 8 and finished the game at 13 out of 24 at the free throw line (54.2%). When discussing rebounds, Florida permitted Mississippi State to collect 43 overall (13 on the offensive side).
Tyree Appleby ended up being a factor for the Gators in this contest. He made 4 of 7 in the matchup for a rate of 57.1%, which got him 20 points. Appleby had 2 boards in his 37 minutes and accounted for 2 assists for this game. An additional guy that was important for Florida was Colin Castleton. He walked away with 16 points in 33 minutes on the court by going 7 out of 13 from the floor in this game. Castleton wrapped this one up going 53.8% from the floor while collecting 2 assists and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Florida (+3.5)
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