Tennessee vs Wichita State basketball betting preview
Wichita State Shockers vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds
Riding a nine-game winning streak and paying off on the college basketball betting lines, the Wichita State Shockers will be on the road on Thursday night to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville.
The Shockers have picked up ATS wins in five of their seven games that have received betting lines so far this season, and they also have a past ATS win over the Volunteers on their resume - they upset Tennessee 80-73 as a 3-point underdog in the second round of the NCAA Tournament back in 2006.
Tennessee battles the Shockers, currently sitting with a 9-0 mark (5-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-3 for the Volunteers and 3-3 for the Shockers.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Tennessee Volunteers as 1.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 25-rated Wichita State taking on the No. 84-rated Volunteers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 77-67 win for the Shockers on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tennessee's No. 289-ranked scoring average of 61.4 PPG, against a Shockers defense rated No. 46 and allowing 58.8 PPG. The Volunteers FG% has averaged 42.2% to date this season, less than the Shockers shooters have managed so far (47% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Wichita State owns the country's No. 45-rated mark, allowing 61 points per game on the highway. Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 202 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Wichita State was an 80-54 winner at home against Northern Colorado. They covered the 22-point spread as favorites. The Shockers blew out Northern Colorado on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 80-54 win at Charles Koch Arena.
Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 46-38 loser as they battled Virginia on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. The Volunteers got 11 points from Trae Golden, but it was Virginia that prevailed in a 46-38 final on Wednesday at John Paul Jones Arena.
Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After a win are 9-1
Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Virginia are 1-1
After a loss are 7-3
A few Shockers at Volunteers trends to consider:
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
Tennessee is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
Wichita State home to Charleston Southern, Thursday, December 20
Tennessee home to Presbyterian, Tuesday, December 18