Boilermakers vs. Volunteers Prediction
The second-seeded Tennessee Volunteers overcame a second-half collapse last game to advance to the Sweet 16, where they will meet the third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers tonight. Can Tennessee put together a more complete performance to win again as small favorites?
Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Volunteers are 2-point favorites on the spread line. The over-under sits at 146.5 points. As of Thursday morning, 64 percent of public bets are siding with Tennessee. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Boilermakers cruise past Wildcats
Purdue raced to an 87-61 victory over Villanova Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to improve to 25-9 on the season. The Boilermakers rolled to a 43-24 halftime advantage on the way to the win. Purdue shot 29-of-54 from the floor, 16-of-30 from 3-point distance plus 13-of-16 at the free throw line. Carsen Edwards poured in 42 points on 12-of-21 shooting including 9-of-16 from 3-point range plus 9-of-9 at the free throw line to pace the Boilermakers. He also contributed six rebounds. Matt Haarms tallied 18 points, nine boards and two assists. Ryan Cline added 12 points, four rebounds and four dimes.
Vols prevail in OT
Tennessee blew a 21-point halftime lead Saturday afternoon against Iowa in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but rebounded to win 83-77 after the game went to overtime. The Volunteers led 49-28 at halftime before the collapse sent it into OT at 71-71, but refocused to outscore the Hawkeyes 12-6 in the extra session. Tennessee shot 28-of-60 from the field, 8-of-20 from 3-point range plus 19-of-23 at the free throw line. Grant Williams helped pace the Volunteers with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting plus 5-of-6 at the free throw line. He also accounted for seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Admiral Schofield had 19 points, five boards and two steals. Lamonte Turner tallied 15 points, six caroms and three assists. Jordan Bone added 14 points, three rebounds and three assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Boilermakers are 4-0 ATS in their last four Thursday games. Purdue is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games overall.
The Volunteers is 5-2 ATS in their last seven Thursday games. Tennessee is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games overall.
I'm not entirely sure I trust either of these programs in a big game, but Tennessee gives me more cause for concern after its second-half woes against Iowa. The Boilermakers eased past a good Villanova squad and have a dead-eye shooter in Edwards who is coming off a fantastic game. I like Edwards' odds to have another prime performance to lead a Purdue team that has enough other playmakers to complement him. The Vols have a veteran squad, but often lack a knockout instinct. I'm going with Purdue here to continue its stellar play and cover this spread.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: PURDUE BOILERMAKERS +2