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#5 Villanova vs #17 Tennessee Vegas Odds – First True Test For The Vols

  • Villanova ranked fifth in the nation
  • Tennessee ranked seventeenth in the nation
  • Villanova’s one loss came against number two, UCLA

The Villanova Wildcats go on the road Saturday night for their second road contest this season, which also marks the second matchup against a ranked opponent this season, as they take on the Tennessee Volunteers. Tonight’s matchup will be the first true test for the Volunteers this season. The first two games they have played this season were against East Tennessee State and Tennessee-Martin. This is also Tennessee’s first matchup against a team that’s not located in the same state.

Villanova Wildcats vs Tennessee Volunteers Schedule

  • Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
  • When: Saturday, November 20, 1:00 PM EST
  • How to Watch: ESPNN

Villanova vs Tennessee Vegas Odds

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Villanova Looks For First Win Against a Ranked Opponent

The Villanova Wildcats have handled their business against unranked opponents. The one game they’ve played so far against a ranked opponent, even though they lost, they took the number two team in the nation to overtime before ultimately coming up short. Will this afternoon’s matchup gives the Wildcats their first victory against a ranked opponent this season?

Nov 16, 2021; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Justin Moore (5) controls the ball against Howard Bison guard Tai Bibbs (33) during the first half at William B. Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 16, 2021; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Justin Moore (5) controls the ball against Howard Bison guard Tai Bibbs (33) during the first half at William B. Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Wildcats are averaging 89.3 points per game on 50.3% shooting from the field. To add onto that 50.3% shooting, they are also averaging 89.1% shooting from the free-throw line and 48.8% shooting from beyond the arch. The Wildcats have four players who are averaging double-digit points this season. Junior guard Justin Moore lead the Wildcats with 19 points per game. Senior guard Collin Gillespie adds 17.3 points per game, forward Brandon Slater adds 16.7 points per game, and forward Jermain Samuels adds 16 points per game for the Wildcats. These four players alone are averaging 69 points per game, of the Wildcats 89.3 points per game. The Wildcats are only giving up 72.7 points per game, so their top four scores have almost been able to outscore their opponents alone so far this season.

First True Test For Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers have their first true test of the season today when they face the Wildcats. Look for the Volunteers to come out fast to prove that they deserve a higher ranking than what they have.

Tennessee guard Victor Bailey Jr. (12) congratulates Justin Powell (24) as he goes to the bench during the NCAA basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and UT Martin Skyhawks in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

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Tennessee guard Victor Bailey Jr. (12) congratulates Justin Powell (24) as he goes to the bench during the NCAA basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and UT Martin Skyhawks in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Kns Vols Utmartin

The Volunteers are averaging 92 points per game on just 44.4% shooting from the field. To add onto the 44.4% shooting from the field, the Volunteers are shooing 74.2% from the free-throw line and 42.9% from beyond the arch. Like the Wildcats, the Volunteers also have four players who average double-digit points. Kennedy Chandler, the freshman guard leads the Volunteers with 18 points per game. Oliver Nkamhoua, the junior forward adds 17 points per game, junior guard Santiago Vescovi adds 13.5 points per game, and sophomore guard Justin Powell adds 12 points per game.

College Basketball Picks Today

Even though Tennessee hasn’t lost a game yet this season, their opposition hasn’t really been the best. Villanova on the other had taken the second-best team in the nation to overtime. I’m looking for the Wildcats to come out victorious in game one of the Cheez-it Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

Villanova 89 – Tennessee 84

Expert Picks:

  • Villanova wins
  • Tennessee (+2.5)
  • Over (142)
I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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