Tennessee vs South Carolina Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/9/23
Tennessee Volunteers (22-9) vs Ole Miss Rebels (12-20)
Game Info: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 3:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
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The Ole Miss Rebels will play the Tennessee Volunteers in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ole Miss Preview
The Ole Miss Rebels are 12-20 (3-15) this season after they defeated South Carolina by a score of 67-61 in their last game. Ole Miss led this game by one point at halftime and was able to play very good defense in the second half for the victory. Ole Miss shot 42.4% from the field and made 9 three pointers in the win. The Rebels were +10 in rebounding margin and turned the ball over 11 times in the game. The Ole Miss Rebels are averaging 67.9 points per game, 69.3 points against per game, 36 rebounds per game, and 13.1 assists per game. Matthew Murrell has led the Rebels this season with 14.9 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game. Ole Miss is shooting 42.3% from the field, 69.8% on free throws, and 29.7% on three pointers this year.
The Tennessee Volunteers are 22-9 (11-7) this season after they lost to Auburn by a score of 79-70 in their last game. Tennessee led this game by four points at halftime, but they allowed 49 points in the second half in the defeat. Tennessee shot 47.2% from the field and made 8 three pointers in the loss. The Volunteers were +6 in rebounding margin and only shot 63.2% on free throws in the game. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 71.9 points per game, 57.5 points against per game, 38.9 rebounds per game, and 17.1 assists per game. Santiago Vescovi has led the Volunteers this season with 12.7 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assists per game. Tennessee is shooting 43.5% from the field, 70.8% on free throws, and 32.6% on three pointers this year.
Tennessee struggled over the last month of the regular season, but they were still 11-7 in the SEC and finished tied for fourth. Ole Miss was terrible this season and only had three conference wins, but they did get a win in the first round of the tournament against South Carolina. I think we are going to see a suffocating defensive performance from Tennessee in this game, especially against an Ole Miss team that is shooting 42.3% from the field. I like Tennessee to win big here.