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College baskeball point spread favors Cavaliers in battle with Volunteers

Tennessee VolunteersVirginia Cavaliers
Dec 5, 7:00 PM | John Paul Jones Arena

Tennessee Volunteers vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds


John Paul Jones Arena will host Virginia Cavaliers vs. Tennessee Volunteers action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Cavaliers are 6-2 so far on the season, and 5-2-1 ATS vs. the number. The Volunteers, meanwhile, are 4-2 and 3-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Virginia go 1-2 and the Volunteers go 2-2 on the totals.

View Tennessee vs Virginia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 3.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Cavaliers, most recently No. 187 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Volunteers, who rate No. 181 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 72-67 victory for the Cavaliers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Virginia's No. 225-ranked offense, averaging 64.9 PPG, against a Volunteers defense that ranks No. 53 at 58.8 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 45.9% so far, more than the Volunteers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.4% per game.

Defensively, Tennessee features the nation's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 37 points per game. Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 255 nationally in scoring at home.

Tennessee lost its last outing, a 37-36 result against Georgetown on November 30. They covered in that game as an 8-point underdog. Tennessee suffered a 37-36 loss against Georgetown on Friday, getting 8 points from Skylar McBee in a losing effort at Verizon Center.

Virginia won its last outing, a 67-51 result against Wisc-Green Bay on December 1. They covered in that game as a 10-point favorite. Akil Mitchell scored 20 points leading the Cavaliers to a 67-51 victory over Wisc-Green Bay at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday.

Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Wichita State are 1-0
After playing Georgetown are 0-1
After a loss are 8-2

Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

A few Volunteers at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tennessee's last 11 games on the road
Tennessee is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tennessee home to Wichita State, Thursday, December 13
Virginia home to Miss Valley State, Saturday, December 8