WVU at Tennessee 1/26/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
On Saturday, the West Virginia Mountaineers visit Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee to play the No. 1 ranked Tennessee Volunteers in a Big 12 versus SEC matchup. West Virginia fell below .500 to 9-10 on the season following its 85-73 loss to Baylor on Monday. West Virginia cut a 21-point deficit to 10 points midway through the second half, but could come no closer.
Tennessee improved to 17-1 following its 88-83 overtime win on the road over Vanderbilt. The Volunteers were led by Grant Williams with 41 points that included a 3-point play with only 31.5 seconds remaining in the extra period to put Tennessee in front to stay. Tennessee move to 6-0 in SEC play and is in first place a half-game ahead of 5-0 LSU.
James Bolden leads the Mountaineers in scoring and assists with averages of 12.8 points and 2.7 per game. Esa Ahmad is the leading rebounder with an average of 5.6 per game. West Virginia is shooting 42.1% from the field and 32.1% from 3-point territory.
Grant Williams leads Tennessee in scoring and rebounding with averages of 20.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Admiral Schofield is second on the Volunteers in scoring with an average of 16.7 points per game. Jordan Bone leads the team in assists with an average of 6.4 per game. Tennessee is shooting 50.6% from the field and 35.8% from 3-point territory.
West Virginia has had a very difficult season with its high scorer and rebounder Sagaba Konate out injured for the past nine games. The Mountaineers have failed to cover each of the last 5 non-Big 12 games and 6 of the last 7 following a loss of double-digits at home. Final Score Prediction, Tennessee Volunteers win and cover ATS 88-68.