Tennessee @ Colorado: How to Watch, Key Stats, Betting Odds

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    The Tennessee Volunteers have their first true road game of the year on Saturday, heading out west to play Colorado.  The Buffalos have a record of 6-2 on the year, although, it is a bit misleading.

    On the other hand, Tennessee is coming off of three-straight wins. During that stretch, the Vols have beaten No. 18 North Carolina, Tennessee Tech, and Presbyterian by an average margin of 23 points.

    After missing the Tennessee Tech game due to injury, Tennessee guard Justin Powell had the best game of his early Volunteer career against Presbyterian. The former Auburn transfer had 15 points and went 5-of-5 from behind the arc. Powell was a sharpshooter last Tuesday night, hitting from a range of spots on the court with a picture-perfect catch and shoot routine. If Powell can be that true perimeter threat that Tennessee hasn’t had in recent years, the Vols will have a scoring advantage that could carry them far into 2022.

    “It’s good, but there is always the next game,” Powell said about his 15-point performance after Tuesday’s game. “That doesn’t really mean anything right now. We got a good win, which is really good, but we have our eyes set forward to Colorado and then Texas Tech. So, we have to keep our eyes forward. It feels good, but we’re always on to the next one.”

    Tennessee played two games in Connecticut for the Hall of Fame tournament earlier this month, but it won’t be the same as this Saturday. Against Colorado, Tennessee will go up against their first true road crowd of the season.

    The gambling odds for this game will be updated at the time of its release.

    Photo by the Knoxville News Sentinel

    How to Watch – No. 13 Tennessee (5-1) @ Colorado (6-2):

    Odds and Statistics

    • ESPN‘s Basketball Power Index gives Tennessee a 65.6 percent chance to win, according to their database’s algorithm.
    Additional Read from RTI: Tennessee Guard Kennedy Chandler Ties Single-Game Vols Record
    Previous Matchups
    • In the three all-time meetings between the programs, Tennessee is undefeated against Colorado.
    • Tennessee defeated Colorado 56-47 on Dec. 8, 2020, in the first game of a three-game series over the same amount of years. Tennessee and Colorado will meet in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in 2022 to cap off the series.
    • Prior to the meeting in 2020, Tennessee and Colorado have not squared off since 1980.

    Stat Leaders

    Tennessee:

    • Points: Santiago Vescovi – 15.5 PPG, 42.1 FG%, 78.6 FT%
    • Rebounds: Olivier Nkamhoua – 6.8 RPG, 4.8 DRPG, 2.0 ORPG
    • Assists: Kennedy Chandler – 5.2 APG, 2.2 TOPG, 27.5 MPG

    Colorado:

    • Points: Jabari Walker – 14.9 PPG, 48.1 FG%, 75.0 FT%
    • Rebounds: Jabari Walker – 9.5 RPG, 6.9 DRPG, 2.6 ORPG
    • Assists: Keeshawn Barthelemy – 2.6 APG, 1.8 TOPG, 28.5 MPG

    2021 Records

    Tennessee (5-1, 0-0 Away)

    • 11/9/21 – W – UT Martin 62 @ Tennessee 90
    • 11/14/21 – W – ETSU 62 @ Tennessee 94
    • 11/20/21 – L* – No. 5 Villanova 71 vs Tennessee 53
    • 11/21/21 – W* – No. 18 North Carolina 72 vs Tennessee 89
    • 11/26/21 – W – Tennessee Tech 69 @ Tennessee 80
    • 11/30/21 – W – Presbyterian 44 @ Tennessee 86

    Colorado (6-2, 4-0 Home)

    • 11/9/21 – W –Montana State 90 @ Colorado 94 (OT)
    • 11/13/21 – W – New Mexico 76 @ Colorado 87
    • 11/15/21 – W – Maine 46 @ Colorado 90
    • 11/19/21 – L* – Southern Illinois 67 vs Colorado 63
    • 11/20/21 – W* – Duquesne 76 vs Colorado 84 (OT)
    • 11/22/21 – W* – Brown 52 vs Colorado 54
    • 11/28/21 – W – Standford 76 @ Colorado 80
    • 12/1/21 – L – Colorado 61 @ No. 5 UCLA 73

    * Indicates game was played at a neutral location

    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.