The Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to play the No. 18 Butler Bulldogs. Action starts at 2:30 pm ET on Saturday, Dec. 12 and will air on FS1.
The Bulldogs easily got past VMI 93-66 in their last game. Kelan Martin led all scorers on the team with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting. The Volunteers, meanwhile, are coming off an 82-71 loss to Nebraska in their last outing. Kevin Punter had a game-high 23 points.
Butler is a heavy 12-point favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is sitting at 155 points.
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The Bulldogs have gone 7-1 Straight Up (SU) and 4-4 Against The Spread (ATS). The Bulldogs come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging 91.4 points per game. Butler has the 48th-most assists in Division I, averaging 16.5 per game. Butler is very careful and attentive with the ball, averaging the 12th-fewest turnovers per game at only 10.1.
Over on the other bench, the Volunteers have 4-3 SU and 4-2 ATS records. When it comes to making good decisions with the ball, not many are better than the Volunteers. They have one of the top assist-to-turnover ratios in the country at 1.41. Moving on to the Tennessee defense, blocking shots is an area where it has excelled. The Volunteers average 6.1 blocks per game, making them one of the best in the nation.
Butler and Tennessee will be facing off in their first head-to-head contest of the season. When they last met the Volunteers were winners, moving their SU record against Butler to 2-1. Additionally, Tennessee leads the matchup ATS with a record of 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - Butler, ATS Winner - Butler, O/U - Over
Tennessee is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee's last 6 games on the road.
Butler is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games.
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.
Tennessee averages 79.7 points per game (ranked 78th). Butler, on the other hand, allows 71.2 points per game (ranked 185th).
In its last game, Butler won by a margin of 27 points. Tennessee is 1-0 in games decided by a margin of 18 points or more. Butler has a 3-0 record in blowouts.
The Tennessee Volunteers average 72.7 possessions per game and 1.096 points per possession. The Butler Bulldogs earn fewer possessions with 72.0, but they score more points with 1.269.
The Tennessee Volunteers average an effective field goal percentage of 49.7% this season. The Butler Bulldogs have a winning 2-1 record in games where opponents have an eFG% of 49.7% or greater.
Butler ranks 48th in assists, registering 16.5 per game. Tennessee performs worse at 108th with 14.7 assists per game.
Tennessee, the 17th-ranked team in blocked shots, registers an average of 6.1 per game. Butler ranks lower at 226th with 3.0.
Butler ranks 106th in offensive rebounds, while Tennessee ranks 78th in defensive rebounds.
Tennessee makes an average of 6.0 steals per game. Butler has a winning 2-1 record when it allows at least 6 steals.