Longwood at Tennessee: 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Longwood at Tennessee: 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers (26-7) vs Longwood Lancers (26-6)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 2:45 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -17.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tennessee Volunteers and Longwood Lancers face off in the Round of 64 college basketball showdown at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. 

The Longwood Lancers come into this game with a 26-6 record overall and they have gone 19-9 against the spread. Longwood was able to win the Big South Tournament by beating Winthrop 79-58 in the last game. The defense was impressive in the last game, but more impressive this season has been the offense. The Lacers are averaging 76.3 points while their defense is giving up 65.1 points per game. Guard Justin Hill has been the top player for Longwood averaging 14.2 points while shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Tennessee Volunteers who sit with a 26-7 record overall and they have gone 20-13 against the spread. The Volunteers might feel a bit disrespected being a three seed after winning the SEC Tournament and the season they have had. In the last game against Texas A&M the defense was elite giving up only 50 points on the way to the easy victory. Tennessee is averaging 73.4 points while their defense is giving up 63.2 points per game. Kennedy Chandler has been the top player averaging 13.8 points while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. IN this game if the Tennessee defense continues to have success, they will be in good shape to win this game by at least 20 points. 

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Tennessee is 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games. Tennessee is 0-5 against the spread in their last five NCAA Tournament games. The over is 3-0-1 in Longwood’s last four Thursday games. The under is 6-1-1 in Longwood’s last eight games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. 

It seems whenever the NCAA Tournament comes around, Tennessee always struggles, and it’s going to be no different in this game. Look for Longwood to find some offensive success against the Volunteers defense, and it’s going to be enough to keep them in this game. Back Longwood against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Longwood +17.5

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