The No. 18 Purdue Boilermakers (4-0) and the Tennessee Volunteers (2-0) battle in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 153 points with Purdue opening as an 8-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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The Volunteers won big over the High Point Panthers in their last matchup, 84-53. With eight points and 12 rebounds, Tennessees Grant Williams had a solid game. Tennessee played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.316 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 47.1. For those same stats, High Point was 0.140 and 29.5, respectively.
In the Boilermakers last matchup, they thoroughly outplayed the Fairfield Stags, 106-64. Vincent Edwards was a key piece for Purdue with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Purdue played a perfect game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 14.1) and a free throw rate of 0.149 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Fairfield put up marks of 25.1 and 0.083, respectively.
Purdue could have their way on the defensive side of the ball as they face off against one of the worst offenses in the nation. Since the 2016-17 season, the Boilermakers rank 45th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.470), while Tennessee is 297th in effective field goal percentage (0.479). Additionally, the Volunteers have been among the NCAAs best at getting to the line, ranking 18th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.308). The Boilermakers, meanwhile, rank second at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents FTA rate of 0.158.
The Volunteers have had records of 18-16 straight up (SU) and 15-15 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total high when Tennessee is involved since last season as 62.1 percent of their games have gone under the O/U total.
Meanwhile, the Boilermakers, have records of 29-7 SU and 22-11-2 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total low when Purdue has been involved over that same time frame as 60.0 percent of their games have ended over the O/U total.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Purdue Boilermakers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Purdue, ATS Winner – Purdue, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Boilermakers rank second in assists per game (18.7) while the Volunteers rank 113th (14.3).
- Purdue ranks 14th in rebounds allowed per game (31.1) while Tennessee ranks 222nd (36.5).
- The Boilermakers rank 111th in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while the Volunteers rank 277th (18.3).
- Tennessee ranks 41st in blocks per game (4.7) while Purdue ranks 192nd (2.9).