The No. 24 Tennessee Volunteers (6-1) will be at home in Thompson-Boling Arena when they meet the Lipscomb Bisons (6-3). Tip-off is set for 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
Lipscomb Bisons at Tennessee Volunteers Betting Preview
The last time the Bisons played, they were victorious over the Belmont Bruins, 69-54. Garrison Mathews was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 8-for-15 shooting. The Bisons forced 21 turnovers and held the Bruins to an effective field goal percentage of 0.396 (below their season average of 0.562).
The Volunteers will look to maintain momentum after beating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their last contest, 77-70. Tennessee was lifted by Lamonte Turner, who was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 6-for-12 shooting. The Volunteers had a better effective field goal percentage (0.509 vs. 0.444) and had a free throw rate of 0.434 (above their season average of 0.235).
The aggressive Tennessee offense could be getting to the charity stripe a lot in this showdown. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Volunteers rank 27th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.300, while Lipscomb ranks 323rd in FTA rate allowed (0.294).
The Volunteers won the only contest against the Bisons last season, 92-77. The Volunteers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.509 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3. For those same stats, the Bisons put up marks of 0.143 and 20.5, respectively.
Lipscomb Bisons vs. Tennessee Volunteers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Lipscomb, ATS Winner – Lipscomb, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- Tennessee ranks 36th in blocks per game (4.9) while Lipscomb ranks 239th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
- The Bisons average 37.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 46th in the NCAA. The Volunteers rank 223rd in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
- Lipscomb ranks 96th in three pointers attempted per game (27.0) while Tennessee ranks 255th (18.6).