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(2) Tennessee vs. (3) Creighton: Betting Tips, Prediction, and Betting Odds

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(2) Tennessee vs. (3) Creighton: Betting Tips, Prediction, and Betting Odds

Both Tennessee and Creighton come into the Sweet 16 after two scares in the second round. The Bluejays took down Oregon in 2OT, while the Volunteers survived a late run from Texas. Both teams are very well coached. This is setting up to be a great Sweet 16 matchup.

Creighton relies on the three point shot more than most teams. They used the deep ball to pull away from the Ducks in double overtime. They are 36th in the country in three point percentage. Trey Alexander, Baylor Scheierman, and Steven Ashworth are all capable of taking over games and can get hot from deep. Down low they are anchored by Ryan Kalkbrenner. The seven footer had 19 pts and 14 rebs last game. He had 23 & 8 in round one against Akron. All this to say their offense is very good, ranking 31st in the country in points per game.

It’s no secret that Tennessee’s best player is SEC Player of the Year Dalton Knecht. He is coming off a poor 5-18 shooting performance against Texas. However, he still finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. They also have a great point guard in Zakai Zeigler. The junior is a Defensive Player of the Year finalist and played all 40 minutes in the R32 vs. Texas. It’s no secret the Vols emphasize defense. They are 47th in scoring defense and 31st in defending the perimeter. Tennessee will be looking to get back to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2010.

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Tennessee -2.5 is available at the time of publishing. Playable at that number.

The Volunteers are the better all-around team here. Their ability to defend the three point line will be key. The only deterrent to Creighton’s game is they tend to let their three point shooting decide if they will win or lose games. In 6 of the Jays’ 9 losses this season, they shot less than 30% from behind the arc. Tennessee also has a couple big men in Jonas Aidoo and Tobe Awaka who are capable of guarding Kalkbrenner down low.

Creighton is excellent at guarding the rim, but they do struggle to guard jump shots at times. Tennessee has no problem thriving on that. Four of their five starters are capable of knocking down jumpers. Knecht will be the best player on the floor on Sunday and the Vols should take this game. Back Tennessee to cover the small spread.

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(2) Tennessee vs. (3) Creighton Total Points Under 144.5

Under 144.5 Total Points is available at the time of publishing. Playable at that number.

Tennessee knows they won’t be able to score with a rolling Creighton offense so they will be looking to put the clamps down on defense. The Volunteers have no problem winning a rock fight, as we saw on Saturday. Not to say this will be a rock fight. Both offenses are talented enough to get looks. But to expect both offenses to get into the 70’s would be a tall task. This number feels right, so it should fall within a couple points. But defense should prevail in this one. Take the under.

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