Tennessee vs. Kansas Prediction
Two unbeaten top-five teams will collide tonight when the fifth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers play the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in the NIT Season Tip-off in Brooklyn. Is a bet on Tennessee the way to go for bettors in this contest?
Friday, November 23, 2018
Barclays Center at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Jayhawks are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 150 points. As of Friday afternoon, 74 percent of public bets are siding with Kansas. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Volunteers down Cardinals by 11
Tennessee (4-0) raced to a 92-81 victory Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Grant Williams paced the Vols with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Admiral Schofield contributed 20 points plus six boards and four assists. Lamonte Turner had 13 points, five caroms, four dimes and two steals off the bench. Jordan Bone contributed 11 points, six assists and two rebounds. John Fulkerson added 11 points in 11 minutes as a reserve. Tennessee led 45-40 at halftime and pushed the advantage to double digits after the break.
Jayhawks rally versus Marquette
Kansas trailed 47-38 at halftime against Marquette Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off, but had a big second half to secure a 77-68 victory. The Jayhawks (4-0) were paced by Dedric Lawson as he scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting plus 7-of-7 at the free throw line. He added 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Lagerald Vick tallied 16 points and two boards. Marcus Garrett had 11 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots off the bench. Devon Dotson added 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Volunteers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games versus the Big 12 Conference. Tennessee is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 Friday games.
The over is 9-1 in the last 10 Jayhawks games following an ATS win. The over is 12-3-1 in the last 16 Kansas games overall.
Kansas looked shaky for quite a while Wednesday before turning it up a few notches in the second half. That won't work against a talented Tennessee team that has contributors all over the floor. The Jayhawks might win, but this feels like a game that comes down to the final possession. I'm going to take the points with the Vols as they are talented enough to pull off an upset against a Kansas squad that hasn't played the most even basketball through four games.
PREDICTION: TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS +4.5