Tennessee vs Colgate 3/22/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Colgate Raiders
NCAAB: 2:45 PM EST
Mar. 22, 2019
The Tennessee Volunteers are set to face the Colgate Raiders in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament as they will meet at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Tennessee Volunteers enter the tournament as a 2nd seed with a 29-5 record, and they will be looking to respond after losing in the SEC Championship to Auburn, 84-64. Lamonte Turner led the way for the Volunteers with 24 points. Grant Williams fell just shy of a double-double as he contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds.
The Colgate Raiders enter the NCAA Tournament as a 15th seed with a 24-10 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning the Patriot League championship over the Bucknell Bison, 94-80. Jordan Burns led the way for the Colgate Raiders with 35 points and 6 assists as he connected on 6 of his 9 three-point attempts. Will Rayman contributed 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win.
Grant Williams is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Tennessee Volunteers as the junior forward is averaging 19.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG while also contributing a team-high 1.2 steals per game and 1.4 blocks per game. Jordan Bone is the leading assists guy for Rick Barnes and company as the junior guard is averaging 6.2 APG while also contributing 13.5 PPG. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 49.8% from the field this season while connecting on 35.8% of their three-point attempts.
Rapolas Ivanauskas is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Colgate Raiders as the junior forward is averaging 16.4 PPG and 7.9 RPG. Jordan Burns is the leading assists guy for Matt Langel and company as the sophomore guard is averaging 5.8 APG while also being a top scoring option as he contributes 15.8 PPG. The Colgate Raiders are shooting 48% from the field this season while connecting on 38.8% of their three-point attempts
Recent Betting Trends:
Under is 19-9 in Volunteers last 28 games following a ATS loss.
Raiders are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Under is 11-5-1 in Raiders last 17 non-conference games.
Volunteers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games.
Free Betting Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -18
The Tennessee Volunteers are one of my favorites to win the NCAA Tournament due to their veteran leadership, offensive explosion, and a solid bench. Tennessee was upset by Auburn in the SEC championship which is problematic for Colgate as the Volunteers will come out with a chip on their shoulder. Grant Williams is one of the best players in the SEC due to his superior post scoring and high-volume rebounding, and Colgate hasn’t seen anything like that this season. Final Score Prediction, Tennessee Volunteers win and cover ATS 83-61.