Ohio vs. Tennessee Matchup

The No. 14 Ohio Bobcats shocked the world with their win over Georgetown in the first round. Can they find some more magic in their second-round clash with the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers? Ohio posted their first NCAA Tournament win since 1983 by upsetting the Hoyas. The Bobcats were a huge 13.5-point underdog, but somehow knocked off Georgetown with ease in a 97-83 victory. Something seems to have possessed the Bobcats in March. After a dismal 7-9 conference record during the season they entered the MAC Tournament as the No. 9 seed, but stormed through to earn their place in the Big Dance. Ohio has won six in a row, and even more importantly to bettors they’ve won seven straight ATS. They’ll try to make it eight in a row as an 8.5-point underdog at Sportsbook versus Tennessee.


Against Georgetown the Bobcats shot the lights out, hitting 58% from the floor and a solid 56% (13-for-23) from three-point range. Armon Bassett led the way with a game-high 32 points and D.J. Cooper was also on fire with 23 points and eight assists. DeVaughn Washington also chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and if that trio can continue to hit their shots the Bobcats could be for real and not just a first-round upset special. Tennessee started their fifth straight trip to the Big Dance with a matchup against No. 11 San Diego State in the Sportsbook round. The Aztecs put up a good fight, but the Volunteers came out on top 62-59 as a 3-point favorite. J.P Prince and Melvin Goins each netted 15 points for Tennessee, and Prince also wrestled down six rebounds. Goins was deadly from three-point range going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc which allowed him to put his 15 points on the board in only 19 minutes on the floor. Bobby Maze and Wayne Chism were also active in the win with 11 points apiece. After posting a PUSH ATS in their tournament opener the Vols are a lame 3-3-1 ATS in their last seven games.

That’s even more disappointment when you consider they were 6-1 SU in those games. They’re an 8.5-point favorite against the Bobcats, which may mean bettors will want to lay their cash on Ohio ATS. When favored by more than 8 points this season Tennessee is 12-1 SU, but only 6-7 ATS. Sportsbook Ohio’s win in the first round snapped a four-game losing streak in the NCAA Tournament. That doesn’t seem like much, but they’ve only qualified for the Big Dance three times since 1983 when they posted their last win in the tournament. The last time they made it past the second round was in 1964 when they made it to the Elite Eight.

Tennessee has made up for last year’s first-round exit in the Madness, and a win against Ohio would put them into the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four years. However, they’ve never made it past the Sweet 16.