The Spartans and Volunteers are set to face off at 7:00 ET on SECN. The Volunteers will host the game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 139 points, and the Volunteers are favored to win at home vs. the Spartans.


The Pick: Norfolk State Spartans +24.5

This game will be played at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Volunteers.
  • Even though we have Tennessee winning straight-up, we like Norfolk State at +24.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Spartans Stand a Chance on the Road?

Norfolk State currently holds a 9-6 overall record after playing 15 games. In their last ten road games, which includes games from last year, Norfolk State has a 4-6 record. As of today’s game, Norfolk State has a current against the spread record of 7-5 for the season. Over their last five games, the team is 2-2 vs. the spread.

Norfolk State comes in with an over/under record of 5-7-0 through 15 games, with their games averaging a combined 139.5 points per game so far. In the Spartans’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 146 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-2.

In their latest game, Norfolk State offense put up 84 points against South Dakota State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 58.8% and made 11 threes. The team’s top scorer is Jamarii Thomas, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 18, while Allen Betrand also maintains a PPG average of 11.9 leading up to the game.

Norfolk State’s defense has been playing well, ranking 79th nationally, with 66.7 points allowed per game. In their most recent game, the Norfolk State defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as South Dakota State knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 65 points.

Are the Volunteers Ready for a Home Win?

Tennessee is preparing for their 13th game of the season, coming in with a 9-3 overall record. In their most recent ten games at home, Tennessee has a 9-1 record, including games from last season. Tennessee currently has an ATS record of 4-7-1, putting them below .500. In their last five games, they have gone 1-3-1 vs. the spread.

Tennessee comes in with an over/under record of 7-5-0 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 142.6 points per game so far. Looking at the Volunteers’ last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 with their games averaging 129 points per game.

The Tennessee offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 65 points versus Tarleton State. During the game, they attempted 25 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 36.4%. Currently leading the team in scoring is Dalton Knecht who comes into today’s matchup averaging 15.7. Josiah-Jordan James also heads into the game with a PPG average of 11.6.

At present, the Volunteers’ defense is nationally ranked 57th, allowing 65.5 points per game. So far, the Tennessee defense is giving up an average of 9.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (417th).