Betting on today’s Texans and Volunteers game? Catch the action at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN, as the Volunteers hosts this showdown at 6:30 ET on SEC. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Volunteers as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 139.5 points.


The Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -22.5

This game will be played at Thompson-Boling Arena at 6:30 ET on Thursday, December 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 87-61 in favor of the Volunteers.
  • Not only will Tennessee pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -22.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 148 points.

Will Tarleton State Shock Everyone at Thompson-Boling Arena?

The Tarleton State Texans have a record of 8-3 going into their game against Tennessee. So far this season, all of the Texans’ games have been played on the road. As of today’s game, Tarleton State has a 4-3 record against the spread this season. Looking at their past five games, they are 1-2 vs. the spread.

So far, Tarleton State’s games have averaged 133.7 points per game with the average over/under line being 136.4 points. The Texans have an over/under record of 0-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 135 points per game.

In their latest game, Tarleton State offense put up 77 points against Texas-Rio Grande Valley. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.2% and made 3 threes. The top scorer for the Texans was Kiandre Gaddy with 18 points, while Jakorie Smith also added 17 to the scoreboard.

In the current season, the Tarleton State defense has excelled, sitting 29th in the nation by allowing 62.8 points per game. Against Texas-Rio Grande Valley in their most recent game, the Tarleton State defense gave up a total of 75 points while allowing Texas-Rio Grande Valley to hit 45% of their shots.

Can Tennessee Secure a Home Victory?

This will be Tennessee’s 12th game of the season and they currently have a record of 8-3. In their last three home games, which includes last year, Tennessee has a perfect 3-0 record at home. Tennessee has a sub-.500 ATS record at 3-4. Looking at their performance in the last five games, they are 1-3-1 vs. the spread.

Through 11 games, Tennessee has an over/under record of 4-3-0 with their games averaging a combined 143.3 points per game so far. The Volunteers’ last five games have finished with a combined 157 points per game and an over/under record of 4-1.

Coming off a good offensive performance, Tennessee’s offense scored 92 points against North Carolina. Their field goal percentage for the game was 55.6%, and they went 13/16 from the free-throw line. Dalton Knecht is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 16.5. Meanwhile, Josiah-Jordan James also brings a PPG average of 11.7 into the game.

In the current season, the Tennessee defense has excelled, sitting 93rd in the nation by allowing 67.3 points per game. Against North Carolina in their most recent game, the Tennessee defense gave up a total of 100 points while allowing North Carolina to hit 45% of their shots.