The Tennessee Volunteers and Memphis Tigers both hail from the state of Tennessee, and both teams will look to prove they are the state’s best college basketball program on Saturday. In this Tennessee Volunteers vs. Memphis Tigers clash, Memphis will look to build off of the momentum that they began to amass with a huge win in their last game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. But the Tennessee Volunteers will be looking for a boost of their own, as they look to move to 9-2 on the season.
Both of these teams are loaded with offensive weapons, and average over 75 points per game this season. But it will be the defenses of these two teams that will likely decide things, as the side that can dig in and get more stops will likely be the winner here. In this neutral site showdown in the state of Tennessee, things are expected to remain competitive throughout the ballgame.
Tennessee Volunteers – Relying On Balanced Scoring
The Tennessee Volunteers are 8-2 so far this season, and have won two straight games. Those games came against UNC Greensboro and SC Upstate, though, and the Volunteers should expect much more rigorous competition in this matchup. Fortunately, the Vols have already proven this season that they are able to win games in hostile environments, which should help them in this game that is being played in front of a neutral crowd in Nashville.
For the Volunteers, balanced scoring has been the name of the game through their first 10 games of the season. They are led in scoring by Kennedy Chandler, but Chandler is averaging under 15 points per game on the season, with no Volunteers player eclipsing that mark to this point in the year. Tennessee has plenty of options to go to when they are in possession of the ball, but they do not need to rely too heavily on one player to get the job done, which is a big plus.
Expected Line-Up: Josiah James, Kennedy Chandler, Santiago Vescovi, John Fulkerson, Olivier Nkamhoua
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Memphis Tigers – Hoping For Momentum Boost
The Memphis Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak in their last game, beating the Alabama Crimson Tide convincingly on their home floor. That was a much-needed win for the Tigers, who had lost games to Murray State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Iowa State consecutively before that victory. Here, the Tigers will look for a second straight win against a top-20 ranked team, which would certainly put them back in the discussion for the top-25, or at least to move themselves back into position for a projected tournament spot.
Memphis was able to beat Alabama the way it did by forcing turnovers and getting out and running. This team has proven that it isn’t as consistent at running half-court offense as it needs to be. But when the Tigers are able to run the break and utilize their superior athletes, they become a different team, and they will look to press their advantage in that department against Tennessee in this Saturday afternoon showdown.
Expected Line-Up: Landers Nolly II, Alex Lomax, Jalen Duren, DeAndre Williams, Emoni Bates
Expert Pick #1 – Memphis +5.5 @ -105
The first bet to place on this game is Memphis +5.5 at -105 odds. The Tigers finally showed what they were capable of in their last game against Alabama, and they should be able to do the same here against Tennessee in this in-state showdown. Memphis has an athleticism advantage against nearly everyone they face, and they will use that to their advantage here and cover the spread.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 142.5 @ -115
Our second bet for this contest is the over 142.5 at -115 odds. This tip is based on the fast pace that the Memphis Tigers like to play with. That should help both teams put points on the board, especially if Memphis is able to pick up fast break points. This game should see both teams put up scores in the 70s, no matter which way it goes when all is said and done.
Expert Pick #3 – Memphis Over 68.5 Points @ -115
Our final bet for this game is Memphis over 68.5 points at -115 odds. The Tigers have been held under 70 on many occasions already this season, but they showed against Alabama that when they can get to the pace that they want to play at, that they can put up huge numbers. While another game in the 90s isn’t expected here, they should be able to score 70 without problem.
This is going to be one of the more interesting games of the Saturday slate in college basketball. Memphis may not come away with the win, but they are definitely going to put up a fight, and should cover the spread.