The No. 20 VCU Rams (6-1) meet the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers (5-1) in the Emerald Coast Classic at The Arena at NW Florida St. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. VCU Rams Betting Prediction
In the Volunteers’ last outing, they were defeated by the Florida State Seminoles, 60-57. Florida State’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Tennessee. The Seminoles had a rate of 16.3 (better than their season average of 17.1), while the Volunteers posted a mark of 27.7 (above their season average of 15.8). Yves Pons put together a good outing for Tennessee, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rams lost a tough one against the Purdue Boilermakers in their last game, 59-56. Purdue’s rebounding was their largest strength. The Boilermakers had 11 offensive rebounds and 32 total rebounds, while the Rams had five and 24, respectively. Marcus Santos-Silva put together a solid performance for VCU, leading both teams in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
VCU might have difficulty finding the bottom of the net as they battle against one of the country’s best defenses. Since the 2018-19 season, Tennessee ranks 79th in defensive efficiency while the Rams rank 198th in offensive efficiency. Also, the Volunteers have committed the 37th-fewest errors in the country (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while the disruptive defense of the Rams has caused the fifth-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 24.5 percent).
Tennessee Volunteers vs. VCU Rams Free Pick
Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – VCU, O/U – Over
VCU ranks 11th in three pointers allowed per game (18.5) while Tennessee ranks 225th (23.4).
The Rams rank 19th in steals per game (8.6) while the Volunteers rank 192nd (6.0).
Tennessee ranks 60th in rebounds per game (37.9) while VCU ranks 221st in rebounds allowed per game (35.8).
The Volunteers rank fourth in assists per game (17.7) while the Rams rank 145th (13.6).
Tennessee ranks third in blocks per game (5.6) while VCU ranks 38th in blocks allowed per game (2.7).