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No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 5 Duke: How To Watch, Key Stats, Betting Odds

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Tennessee basketball returns to the court Saturday afternoon against Duke in the Round of 32 in Orlando.

The Vols are back in the second round of the “Big Dance” for the second straight season after defeating Louisiana in the opening round Thursday night.

Duke is playing as well as any team in the country, winning its last 10 games entering the matchup and dominating 12-seed Oral Roberts in the tournament’s opening round.

Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.

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How to Watch – No. 4 Tennessee (24-10, 11-7 SEC) vs No. 5 Duke (27-8, 14-6 ACC)

  • Start Time: 2:40 p.m. ET/1:40 p.m. CT
  • Location: Amway Arena
  • TV: CBS. PxP: Kevin Harlan, CC: Stan Van Gundy, Sideline and Dan Bonner: Tracy Wolfson
  • Online Streaming: CBS Live Stream
  • Radio (Knoxville): The Vol Network/The Vol Network App

Team Statistics (via ESPN)

What Rick Barnes Said About The Blue Devils

On the importance of the rebounding battle against Duke

“Well, I think on paper they’re probably the biggest team in the tournament, and they make a great effort to go get there. We’ve always believed that it’s a talent. It’s got to somewhat be in your DNA that you want to go get it like they do.

They run really good offense. They space the floor well, and I think they know where their shots are coming from. So they’re ready to go get it, so that will be a big part of tomorrow’s game, but it’s a big part of every game. But again, as we watch film with our players, that was one of the big emphasis. We know that they’re going to come to the glass, they know we’re going to come to the glass, so I expect that to be a big part of the game.”

On his players not being star struck by a team like Duke

“Yeah, you think about it, we’ve beaten the No. 1 seeds this year, I think a No. 2 seed. So yeah, we’re play in a great basketball league, and again, I don’t think — these guys, first of all, they have a lot of respect for the name of Tennessee. We feel like we’re a team that can compete with any team in the country, and these guys have shown this year certainly when we’ve been at full strength — I don’t know if we’ve been at full strength all year. Josiah wasn’t with us at the start of the year.

But the fact is I think our guys have a great deal of respect for what they do, their work, and what they put in year-round to know that they belong wherever they play.”

Betting Lines

Caesars Sportsbook

  • Spread: Duke -3.5, Tennessee +3.5 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 128


  • Spread: Tennessee -3 Duke
  • Total: Over/Under 125

Probable Starters (via UT Sports)

Stat Leaders


  • Points: Santiago Vescovi – 12.6 PPG, 40.2 FG%, 36.7 3PT%
  • Rebounds: Olivier Nkamhoua – 5.0 RPG
  • Assists: Santiago Vescovi – 3.0 APG, 1.6 TOPG, 32.6 MPG


  • Points: Kyle Filiposki — 15.1 PPG, 44.3 FG%, 29% 3PT%
  • Rebounds: Kyle Filiposki — 9.1 RPG
  • Assists: Tyrese Proctor — 3.2 APG, 1.6 TOPG, 29.1 MPG

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