No. 5 Villanova vs No. 17 Tennessee: How to Watch, Key Stats, Betting Odds

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    The Hall of Fame tip-off will take place this weekend, featuring four of the best college basketball teams in the nation. No. 5 Villanova, No. 6 Purdue, No. 17 Tennessee, and No. 18 North Carolina all will be squaring off in the four-team tournament over the span of the weekend.

    On Saturday, Tennessee will take on Villanova while Purdue faces off against North Carolina. The winners of each game, and the losers of each game, will meet on the following Sunday respectively. Therefore, even in the case of an initial loss, all four teams will have the ability at a marquee win over the course of the weekend.

    Tennessee has jumped out to a hot start to begin the season. The Vols are 2-0 after taking down ETSU and UT Martin at home to kick things off. In those two games, the Vols are averaging 92 points per game. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s defense is only allowing 62 points per game.

    Below is all the information surrounding Tennessee’s Top 25 matchup with Villanova on Saturday.

    How to Watch – No. 5 Villanova (2-1) vs No. 17 Tennessee (2-0):

    Odds and Statistics

    • Fanduel Sportsbook
      • Spread: Tennessee +2.5 (-110)/Villanova -2.5 (-110)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee (+116)/Villanova (-140)
      • Total: Over/Under at 139.5 (-110)
    • DraftKings
      • Spread: Tennessee +2.5 (-110)/Villanova -2.5 (-110)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee (+120)/Villanova (-140)
      • Total: Over 140 (-115)/Under 140 (-105)
    • ESPN‘s Basketball Power Index gives Tennessee a 34.6 percent chance to win, according to their database’s algorithm.
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    Previous Matchups
    • Villanova is 3-1 all-time against Tennessee, with their first meeting taking place in 1950
    • Tennessee’s single win against Villanova came in 2011 during the NIT Season Tip-Off in Madison Square Garden
    • Villanova took down Tennessee in their most recent matchup during the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis
    • Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes is 2-2 against Jay Wright and 9-8 against Villanova as a head coach in his career

    Stat Leaders

    Tennessee:

    • Points: Kennedy Chandler – 18 PPG, 68.4 FG, 100 FT
    • Rebounds: Olivier Nkamhoua – 11.0 RPG, 7.5 DRPG, 3.5 ORPG
    • Assists: Kennedy Chandler – 5.0 APG, 2.0 TOPG, 24.0 MPG

    Villanova:

    • Points: Justin Moore – 19 PPG, 51.2 FG, 62.5 FT
    • Rebounds: Eric Dixon – 6.0 RPG, 4.3 DRPG, 1.7 ORPG
    • Assists: Collin Gillespie – 3.7 APG, 1.0 TOPG, 33.0 MPG

    2021 Records

    Tennessee (2-0)

    • 11/14/21 – W – ETSU 62 @ Tennessee 94
    • 11/9/21 – W – UT Martin 62 @ Tennessee 90

    Villanova (2-1)

    • 11/16/21 – W – Howard 81 @ Villanova 100
    • 11/12/21 – L/OT – Villanova 77 @ No. 2 UCLA 86
    • 11/9/21 – W – Mount Saint Mary’s 51 @ Villanova 91
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.