The No. 13 Memphis Tigers (8-1) will attempt to continue their six-game winning streak against the No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers (7-1) at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will air on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Memphis Tigers at Tennessee Volunteers ATS Prediction
The last time the Tigers played, they beat the UAB Blazers, 65-57. Memphis’ 19.2 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over UAB, who had a mark of 28.4. The Tigers’ mark was worse than their season average of 16.9, while the Blazers’ was above their season average of 18.1. With 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting, Precious Achiuwa was Memphis’ leading scorer.
The Volunteers easily got past the Florida A&M Rattlers in their last game, 72-43. The Volunteers, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.5, had a phenomenal mark of 44.4 and had a free throw rate of 0.382 (above their season average of 0.280). With 11 points and 13 rebounds, Tennessee’s Olivier Nkamhoua had a solid performance.
The Volunteers won the lone contest against the Tigers last season, 102-92. The Volunteers made 39 of their 46 free throws (84.8 percent) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.606 vs. 0.494).
Tennessee appears to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Volunteers rank 12th in offensive efficiency, while the Tigers rank 125th in defensive efficiency since the 2018-19 season.
Memphis at Tennessee Odds Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Tennessee, O/U – Under
Tennessee ranks ninth in assists per game (17.5) while Memphis ranks 182nd in assists allowed per game (14.1).
The Volunteers average 5.5 blocks per game, which ranks 15th in the NCAA. The Tigers rank 156th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
Tennessee averages 38.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 68th in the nation. Memphis ranks 170th in rebounds allowed per game (36.0).
The Tigers rank 43rd in steals per game (8.2) while the Volunteers rank 143rd (6.0).
Memphis ranks 150th in three pointers attempted per game (21.6) while Tennessee ranks 227th (19.1).