No. 6 Arizona @ No. 19 Tennessee: How to Watch, Key Stats, Betting Odds

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    NCAAM Preview: Arizona Vs. Tennessee

    The Tennessee Volunteers are looking to break the Arizona Wildcats’ undefeated start to the season tonight in Knoxville. The Vols will host the Wildcats in a massive non-conference win as Tennessee turns its attention to SEC play against Alabama next week.

    The Vols’ most recent scheduling against Memphis was canceled last Saturday after Memphis reported positive COVID tests, meaning that Tennessee has not played a game in over a week.

    Earlier this week, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes met with the media to discuss several topics pertaining to the team, including the upcoming matchup against Arizona.

    “One, I think Tommy (Lloyd) has done a really good job,” Barnes said to the media. “Certainly inherited some players and he’s added some to the mix himself. The way they’re playing, they’re playing really good basketball. Front line is terrific. The blocks they do around there. I’ve really enjoyed watching them. What I’ve watched of them, they play hard. They’re not going to beat themselves. They mix their defenses. They know what they’re looking for on the offensive end. They have about an eight-man rotation that they believe in. And those eight guys, the rotational players, have played well. The guys coming off the bench have played well the last couple games. So they’re at a team that are very confident, and they should be, because of what they’ve done up to this point, there’s no reason for them not to be.”

    Tennessee Arizona

    Photo via Tennessee Athletics

    How to Watch – No. 6 Arizona (11-0, 2-0 Away) @ No. 19 Tennessee (8-2, 6-0 Home):

    Odds and Statistics

    • Fanduel Sportsbook
      • Spread: Tennessee -2 (-110)/Arizona +2 (-110)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee -128/Arizona +106
      • Total: Over/Under 153.5 (-110)
    • DraftKings
      • Spread: Tennessee -2 (-110)/Arizona +2 (-110)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee -125/Arizona +105
      • Total: Over/Under 154 (-110)
    • ESPN’s Basketball Power Index currently gives Tennessee a 76.8 percent chance to win the game.
    Additional Read from RTI: Tennessee Looking For Marquee Win Against Arizona Before Conference Play
    Previous Matchups
    • Tennessee and Arizona have faced off four times on the hardwood since 1956, with the Vols leading the series 3-1
    • Rick Barnes has a career record of 1-8 against Arizona
    • Tennessee is 2-0 against Arizona while at home

    Probable Starters (via UT Sports)

    Tennessee Arizona

    Stat Leaders

    Tennessee:

    • Points: Kennedy Chandler – 14.6 PPG, 47.9 FG%, 77.8 FT%
    • Rebounds: John Fulkerson – 6.2 RPG, 3.2 DRPG, 3.0 ORPG
    • Assists: Kennedy Chandler – 5.4 APG, 2.2 TOPG, 29.4 MPG

    Arizona:

    • Points: Bennedict Mathurin – 17.4 PPG, 49.3 FG%, 78.9 FT%
    • Rebounds: Christian Koloko – 7.3 RPG, 5.0 DRPG, 2.3 ORPG
    • Assists: Kerr Kriisa – 5.4 APG, 1.7 TOPG, 27.7 MPG

    Last Five Games

    Tennessee

    • 12/14/21 – W – USC Upstate 52 @ Tennessee 96
    • 12/11/21 – W – UNC Greensboro 36 @ Tennessee 76
    • 12/7/21 – L/OT * – Texas Tech 57 vs Tennessee 52
    • 12/4/21 – W – Tennessee 69 @ Colorado 54
    • 11/30/21 – W – Presbyterian 44 @ Tennessee 86

    Arizona

    • 12/18/21 – W – California Baptist 60 @ Arizona 84
    • 12/15/21 – W – North Colorado 76 @ Arizona 101
    • 12/11/21 – W – Arizona 83 @ Illinois 79
    • 12/8/21 – W – Wyoming 65 @ Arizona 94
    • 12/5/21 – W – Arizona 90 @ Oregon State 65

    * 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.