Texas vs Tennessee Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/23/24

Tennessee (24-8) vs Texas (21-12)

Game Info: Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 12:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

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The Texas Longhorns and the Tennessee Volunteers will meet in the Midwest Region's Round of 32 this Saturday in Charlotte from the Spectrum Center on CBS. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here's a Texas vs. Tennessee Prediction.

  • Texas’ recent form and recent player performance 
  • Tennessee’s recent form and recent player performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Texas
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Tennessee 
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Texas vs Tennessee 
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Texas vs Tennessee.

Texas Preview: Longhorns Looking to Return to the Sweet 16

Texas comes in at 21-12 after defeating Colorado State in the Round of 64, 56-44. The Longhorns made big plays down the stretch versus the Rams, and they’ll look to avenge last year’s loss to the Volunteers this weekend. Texas is scoring 75.9 points per game, on 47.6% shooting, while allowing 69.1 ppg, and they’re 6-4 over their last ten games. 

Texas Team Profile

  • Oral Roberts transfer Max Abmas went for a game-high 26 points in the Big 12 tourney loss to Kansas State, and he leads Texas in scoring (17.0) and assists (4.2).  
  • Veteran forward Dylan Disu struggled from the field (5/18) in the Colorado State matchup, but he remains second on the team at 15.7 ppg and 5.0 rpg. 
  • Tampa native Dillon Mitchell leads the Longhorns in rebounding (7.6), while scoring 9.9 ppg. 
  • Former ISU guard Tyrese Hunter came thru with a season-best 30 points in the Red River win over OU, and he’s up to 11.0 ppg and 4.1 apg. 

Tennessee Preview: Volunteers Seeking Another Signature Win

Tennessee comes in at 25-8 after defeating Saint Peter’s in the Round of 64, 83-49. The Volunteers blitzed the Peacocks early, and they’ll look to bring the same energy here against the Longhorns. Tennessee is scoring 79.6 points per game, on 44.6% shooting, while allowing 67.3 ppg, and they’re 8-2 over their last ten games. 

Tennessee Team Profile

  • Senior guard Dalton Knecht has gone for 23 points or more in five of the last seven games,  and he leads Tennessee in scoring (21.2), while grabbing 4.8 rpg.
  • Durham native Jonas Aidoo scored 15 points in the win over Saint Peter’s, and he leads the Volunteers in rebounding (7.7), while chipping in 12.0 ppg.
  • Junior guard Zakai Zeigler posted a double-double against the Peacocks, and he’s first on the Vols in assists (6.0, while adding 11.8 ppg.  
  • Veteran swingman Josiah-Jordan James has grabbed nine boards or more in three of his last five outings, and hes averaging 8.2 ppg and 6.4 rpg.

Texas vs Tennessee Trends

  • The head-to-head series is tied at 4, with head coach Rick Barnes coaching six of those eight matchups.
  • TEX is 13-19-1 against the spread, with a 20-13 O/U record
  • TENN is 17-15-1 ATS, with a 17-15-1 over/under record.

Texas vs Tennessee Prediction: Barnes Defeats Former School In a Defensive Clash

Two of the scrappier defenses in the country will face off when Tennessee and Texas collide, and I like buying into a defensive-minded battle this weekend. The Longhorns didn’t shoot very well in their matchup with Colorado State, and there’s a chance the Volunteers make life tough for them Saturday, as they’ve thrived on that side of the ball. If Texas limits Dalton Knecht’s effect on the game, then this one should result in a low-scoring battle, so let’s back the Under for this matchup. Don’t shy away from Rick Barnes defeating his old school to advance to the Sweet 16 as well. The winner of this game will meet Creighton or Oregon in the next round.

Corey’s Pick TEX/TENN To Go UNDER

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