Louisiana vs Tennessee Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/16/23

Tennessee Volunteers (23-10) vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (26-7)

Game Info: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Amway Center)

Betting Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns and Tennessee Volunteers face off on Thursday in a round of 64 NCAA Tournament college basketball showdown at the Amway Center. 

Tennessee Betting Preview

Tennessee comes into this game with a 23-10 record overall and they have gone 17-16 against the spread. In the last game against Missouri, Tennessee scored 71 points, but the defense really struggled giving up 79 points and that led to the eight point defeat. Santiago Vescovi was the top player finishing with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Tennessee is averaging 71.8 points while their defense is giving up 58 points per game. The defense for this team is the strength. Zakai Zeigler was the second highest scorer on the team, but he tore his ACL and is out for the season. 

Louisiana Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Louisiana who sits with a 26-7 record overall and they have gone 16-13-1 against the spread. On March 6th they faced off against South Alabama, and they 71 points on the way to the five-point victory. Themus Fulks had a strong game finishing with 23 points and three rebounds. Louisiana is having a strong season averaging 78 points while their defense is giving up 69.8 points per game. Forward Jordan Brown is having a strong season averaging 19.4 points while shooting 57 percent from the field, and 25 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Tennessee vs Louisiana Trends

The over is 5-0 in the Ragin' Cajuns' last 5 neutral site games as an underdog. Louisiana is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games as an underdog. The Volunteers are 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.

Shane’s Free Pick

Louisiana is getting too many points here. Not having Zeigler is a big loss for the Volunteers. Louisiana is averaging 78 points per game and they are going to find success scoring again in this game. It might not be enough for them to win the game, but it’s going to be enough to cover the spread. Back Louisiana against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Louisiana +11.5

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