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Cavaliers open as college hoops underdog vs Volunteers

Virginia CavaliersTennessee Volunteers
9-3December 30, 2013, 07:00 | Thompson-Boling Arena7-4

Virginia pays a visit to Tennessee on Monday, hoping to send the Volunteers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee will face the 9-3 Cavaliers, who own a 3-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Volunteers are 4-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cavaliers are 3-5 favoring the OVER.

View Virginia Cavaliers vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Tennessee Volunteers as -2-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Volunteers at No. 23 and the Cavaliers at No. 79 heading into this contest.

Virginia was a 66-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Norfolk State. Virginia got 14 points from Justin Anderson en route to a 66-56 victory over Norfolk State on Monday at John Paul Jones Arena.

Last time out for Tennessee, they were an 82-67 winner as they battled Morehead State at home. They covered in the match as a 13-point favorite. Tennessee got 19 points from Josh Richardson en route to an 82-67 victory over Morehead State on Monday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tennessee has the nation's No. 130-rated offensive output, at 73.82 PPG. The visiting Cavaliers defense ranks No. 4 allowing on average 54.17 PPG. The Volunteers FG% has averaged 44.03% so far, less than the Cavaliers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.74% per game.

A few Cavaliers at Volunteers trends to consider:
Virginia is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Virginia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Virginia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Virginia's last 9 games on the road
Tennessee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Tennessee is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Tennessee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Virginia at Florida State, Saturday, January 4th
Tennessee at Tusculum, Saturday, January 4th