The Colgate Raiders have only made three NCAA Tournament appearances since 1996, but enter the 2019 big dance as Patriot League champs and winners of 11 consecutive games. Colgate is 8-3 against the spread during its win streak, 24-10 overall and 18-14-1 ATS on the season.
Auburn may have run Tennessee off the court in the SEC tournament title game, but the Volunteers also beat fellow No. 2 seed Kentucky twice this month. Tennessee is 29-5 overall and 17-15-1 against the spread. The Volunteers opened as 20.5-point favorites, but Colgate money brought the spread down to Tennessee -17.5. This point total opened at 152 before a slight pullback to 150.
Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes has lost 11 times in the Round of 64 – second-most all-time. However, most of those one-and-dones came while coaching underachieving Texas Longhorns rosters. This year and this group of Volunteers is special. Grant Williams’ 19 points per game led the SEC and Admiral Schofield connects on 41.1 percent of his triple tries. Colgate allows an average of eight made threes per game, which ranks 220th, while possessing the 260th-ranked strength of schedule. If your defense struggled against the Patriot League, the SEC will have no mercy.
Volunteers win and cover.
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