Texas vs. Tennessee Prediction & Odds
Number ten Texas travels to Knoxville to face #4 Tennessee at 6:00 PM ET Saturday night on ESPN. Can the Volunteers cover the 6.5-point spread as home favorites?
Texas is 17-3 on the year with their best wins coming over Gonzaga and TCU. Their worst losses came against Kansas State and Iowa State. The Longhorns are 9-11 against the spread this season.
Tennessee is 17-3 this season with their best wins coming over Kansas and Maryland. Their worst losses came against Colorado and Kentucky. The Volunteers are 12-8 against the spread this year.
Game Matchup and Betting Odds
737 Texas Longhorns (+6.5) vs. 738 Tennessee Volunteers (-6.5); O/U 136
6:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 28, 2023
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
Texas vs. Tennessee Public Betting Information
Our CBB Public Betting Information page indicates that the public favors the Longhorns in this contest. Our public betting data illustrates that 93% of public bets are on Texas +6.5. Do note that these numbers are subject to change and could be different once tipoff rolls around, so be sure to check the link so you’re receiving the most up-to-date public betting data.
Texas Game Notes
The Longhorns’ best player is senior guard Marcus Carr. The 6’2” Toronto native is fourth in the Big 12 in scoring with 17.6 points per game and fourth in the conference with an average of 2.6 made three-pointers per game. For the season Carr is converting an efficient 41.5% of his attempts from beyond the arc.
The man in the middle for Texas is senior forward Timmy Allen. Allen leads the club in rebounding with 5.3 per game and ranks second on the club in scoring with 10.7 points per game. Allen has recorded double-figure scoring numbers in 9 of the Longhorns’ last 12 games and he may need to do so again if they’re going to cover against Tennessee.
Tennessee Game Notes
Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi does a little bit of everything for the Volunteers. The Uruguayan national leads the club in scoring (12.2 points per game) and steals (2.4 swipes per game). Vescovi is also chipping in 4.1 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game for the Vols this year.
Tennessee freshman forward Julian Phillips has shown a lot of promise this year. Phillips has recorded at least 10 points in 4 out of his last 7 games and he’s tied for the team lead in rebounds with 5.3 per contest. Tennessee will need all hands on deck to cover against a high-powered Texas offense this weekend.
Texas vs. Tennessee CBB Betting Trends
Texas is 6-5 ATS when playing on 2 or 3 days of rest this season.
Tennessee is 1-2 ATS against ranked opponents this season.
Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing fewer than 50 points in their previous game.
The over is 9-2-1 in Texas’s last 12 games overall.
Texas vs. Tennessee CBB Prediction:
Texas is one of the most talented teams in the country. The Longhorns lost their head coach Chris Beard due to his violating the school’s personal conduct policy, but they haven’t missed a beat. Texas has gone 10-2 under interim head coach Rodney Terry and the Longhorns have won 5 out of their last 6 games. I think Texas, who is one of only 18 teams to average at least 80 points per game, is able to keep it close enough to compete with Tennessee in this contest. I’ll take the Longhorns and the points on the road.
CBB BETTING PREDICTION: TEXAS LONGHORNS +6.5