Arkansas Razorbacks (10-5) vs Tennessee Volunteers (14-1)Date : 01/15/2019
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Thompson-Boling Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Arkansas Razorbacks vs Tennessee Volunteers
The Tennessee Volunteers are set to return home to Thompson-Boling Arena after playing 2 consecutive games on the road and they will play host to the Arkansas Razorbacks in an SEC clash, the opening tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM. Tennessee is currently one of the top teams in the nation as they rank 3rd in the AP Poll while Arkansas is trying to find their footing in the conference as they have started 1-2.
Arkansas Razorbacks's Latest Performance :
Arkansas certainly has the talent to compete in the SEC and make a push for the NCAA Tournament but they will need to pick up their level of play after they have started conference play 1-2 with their latest loss coming at home in OT against the LSU Tigers 94-88. Arkansas is a young team as they currently don’t have a senior on their roster but that doesn’t mean they will lose talent next season as Mike Anderson should expect to lose his top player. Sophomore center Daniel Gafford flirted with the NBA draft last year but ultimately decided on coming back to school for another season and boy has it paid off. Gafford had a huge outing against the Tigers as he contributed 32 points and 7 rebounds but that has been representative of his season as he averages 17.5 PPG and 9.5 RPG. The backcourt is in good hands with sophomore guard Mason Jones and we saw that on display this past weekend as he was able to pitch in 22 points and 6 rebounds, Jones averages 14.8 PPG and 4.9 RPG. Jalen Harris has been the playmaker for the Razorbacks as he averages 8.8 PPG and 6.5 APG, and he flirted around that mark against LSU with 7 points and 6 assists. The bench gave the Razorbacks a spark in this game as Reggie Chaney was able to come in and give Mike Anderson 12 points and 5 rebounds. Arkansas needs to be better on the defensive end of the court as they currently rank 172nd in the nation in team defense.
Tennessee Volunteers's Latest Performance :
The success of the Tennessee Volunteers should come to the surprise of no college basketball fan as they were the 3rd seed last season in the NCAA Tournament and they return all of their production from last season. Rick Barnes and company were able to continue their steamrolling of SEC opponents in their recent matchup as they went on the road and beat the Florida Gators 78-67. Tennesee has some of the best scoring depth in the country as 5 different guys average at least 10+ PPG. Junior forward Grant Williams struggled against Missouri a few games back but he was able to assert his dominance against Florida with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. This might be Williams last season at Tennessee despite him being a junior as he has averaged 18.9 PPG and 7.9 RPG which are all team-highs. The scoring output didn’t stop at Williams either as senior guard Admiral Schofield contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds, Schofield has been a big part of the Volunteers success over his tenure as he averages 17.7 PPG and 6.3 RPG. The bench was a huge reason why Tennesee was able to win by double-digits in their latest outing as Jordan Bowden contributed 17 points and Lamonte Turner pitched in 12. Tennesee has been one of the top scoring teams in the nation as they rank 10th but they have also been a really good defensive unit as they rank inside the top 40 in points allowed per game.
How Arkansas Razorbacks & Tennessee Volunteers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Arkansas is 7-8 ATS, 2-0 ATS on the road.
Tennessee is 8-5-1 ATS, 3-4-1 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Tennessee ranks 10th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 85.8 PPG while Arkansas ranks 60th as they score an average of 79.6 PPG.
Tennessee ranks 37th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 65.1 PPG while Arkansas ranks 172nd as they hold opponents to an average of 71 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Tennessee Volunteers
My reason for the pick :
These two teams are in completely different situations as Tennessee is a veteran-led team while Arkansas depends on a bunch of sophomores and freshmen. Tennessee is one of the top teams in the nation and they know that one slip up ahead of them in the AP Poll could land this team as the #1 team in the nation. Gafford and Williams should be a fun matchup down low as they are arguably the two best bigs in the SEC but the advantage is with the guards of Tennessee as well as the bench. Bowden has been coming off the bench for Barnes and company and absolutely lighting it up this season and I wouldn’t expect different in this one especially at home. Tennesee has one of the top scoring offenses in the country while Arkansas has been suspect on defense.
Betting trends for Arkansas Razorbacks:
- Arkansas is 2-6 ATS with 2-3 days off this season.
Betting trends for Tennessee Volunteers:
- Tennessee is 7-4-1 ATS as a favorite this season.