It’s a battle of one-loss teams Tuesday night at the 2021 Jimmy V Classic when the 13th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers face the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tennessee (6-1) has won four in a row since a 71-53 loss to then-No. 5 Villanova on Nov. 20, while the Red Raiders (6-1) suffered their first setback last Wednesday, losing 72-68 to Providence. The Vols defeated Colorado 69-54 on Saturday, with Kennedy Chandler scoring 27 to become the fifth different player to lead the team in scoring. This the first meeting between the teams since 1953, when the Red Raiders won the only previous matchup 88-71.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden. The Volunteers are four-point favorites in the latest Texas Tech vs. Tennessee odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points is set at 139. Before locking in any Tennessee vs. Texas Tech picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the red-hot SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has broken down the Texas Tech vs. Tennessee matchup and revealed its Jimmy V Classic picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Tennessee vs. Texas Tech:
- Texas Tech vs. Tennessee spread: Volunteers -4
- Texas Tech vs. Tennessee over-under: 139 points
- Texas Tech vs. Tennessee money line: Tennessee -190, Texas Tech +160
- TTU: It is 9-10 ATS with the rest advantage since 2019
- TENN: It is 14-9-1 in its last 24 with a rest disadvantage
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Why Tennessee can cover
Tennessee has played well on both ends of the court, averaging more than 80 points (51st in Division I) while allowing 62 per game (63rd). The Vols should be able to take advantage of TTU’s perimeter defense, which is allowing opponents to shoot 35.5 percent from 3-point range (279th). UT is shooting 36.2 percent from outside (91st), and Santiago Vescovi hit all three of his tries Saturday to get to 38.9 percent (21-of-54). Chandler makes 42.3 percent of his 3-point attempts, and Justin Powell is at 46.2 as they have combined for 52 attempts.
The Vols are 10-5 against the spread in nonconference games since the start of last season. Chandler leads the team in scoring (16.1 points per game), assists (4.7) and steals (2.4), while Vescovi scores 15.1 points per game. Tennessee ranks eighth in the nation in assists per game (18.9) and averages 10.3 steals (15th). It turns the ball over 11.6 times per game, almost two fewer times than Texas Tech (13.4). The Vols have nine players who score at least four points per contest. Forwards John Fulkerson and Olivier Nkamhoua combine for 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds.
Why Texas Tech can cover
Texas Tech will be eager to rebound from its first loss of the season, and that was a tight contest with a quality Providence team. The Red Raiders have plenty of scorers, and they rank 12th in the nation at 85.4 points per game. They are yielding 59.4 on average (37th), putting them fourth among Division I teams in scoring margin. Terrence Shannon is on a tear after missing the first three games while clearing up eligibility issues. The guard is averaging 16.5 points, scoring at least 15 in every start, and is shooting 40 percent (11-of-25) from three-point range,
The Red Raiders also face a team that has struggled to stop the outside shot. Vols opponents have hit 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, 260th in the nation, while TTU hits more than 37 percent (61st). Shannon leads five Red Raiders scoring in double figures. Kevin McCullar (14.2 points) and Bryson WIlliams (13) combine for 11.4 rebounds. Kevin Obanor leads the team in threes, making 14-of-32 (43.8 percent). TTU is 10-8 ATS in its past 18 non-conference games.
How to make Texas Tech vs. Tennessee picks
The model is leaning over on the total, projecting that the teams will combine for 143 points. It also says one side of the spread is hitting in 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s Tennessee vs. Texas Tech pick at SportsLine.
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