Planning on watching today’s Crimson Tide and Volunteers game? Catch the action at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN, as the Volunteers hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN2. This Southeastern conference matchup has an over/under of 156.5 points, and the Volunteers are favored to win at home vs. the Crimson Tide.

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE VS TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -4.5

This game will be played at Thompson-Boling Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Volunteers.
  • Not only will Tennessee pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Does Alabama Stand a Chance on the Road?

Alabama comes into this game as the underdog, as they have gone 1-3 in four games as the underdog this season. The Crimson Tide have a 12-5 record overall, and they have won six straight games. On the road, Alabama is 4-4 this season, and their average margin of victory is +3.9 points per game.

In their last game, Alabama defeated Missouri by a score of 93-75. Over their last 10 games, the Crimson Tide have gone 5-5 on the road, and they are 3-0 in their last three road games. For the season, Alabama is 4-0 in Southeastern Conference games.

Against the spread, Alabama has a record of 10-7 this season. Their ATS mark on the road is 3-5 and they are 2-2 vs. the spread as the underdog this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Alabama is 5-5 ATS.

Alabama’s over/under record for the season is 12-5 and today’s line of 156.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (159.2). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

The Crimson Tide’s offense finished with 93 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 90.2 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Mark Sears, who holds an average of 19.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Aaron Estrada is averaging 13.5 points per game this season.

At present, the Crimson Tide’s defense is nationally ranked 213rd, allowing 73.9 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.2 threes per game vs. Tennessee. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.6%.

Will the Volunteers Come Through as Home Favorites?

Heading into their matchup with Alabama, Tennessee is 13-4 overall and 3-1 in Southeastern Conference play. The Volunteers have won two straight games, and they are a perfect 10-0 at home this season.

On the year, Tennessee has been favored in 14 of its 17 games, going 13-1 in those contests. As for their average scoring margin at home, it sits at +21.5.

As the favorite this season, Tennessee has gone 7-6-1 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Volunteers are 4-5-1 vs. the spread. At home this year, Tennessee is 5-4-1 ATS and over their last three home games, they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 156.5 is higher than the average over/under line of 141.6 in Tennessee’s games this year. This year, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 154 points.

Tennessee’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 85 points vs. Florida. Overall, they hit 51.7% of their shots from the field and went 17/21 from the free-throw line. Dalton Knecht is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 18.5 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jonas Aidoo brings a PPG average of 11.6 into the game.

So far this season, the Tennessee defense has been performing well, ranking 51st in the country at 66.0 points allowed per contest. Tennessee’s three-point defense is currently 105th in the country at 6.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.8% of their shots vs. Tennessee.