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Opening Tennessee vs Purdue Odds – Moneyline, Spread & Total for 2024 Elite Eight

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in College Basketball

Updated Mar 29, 2024 · 9:25 PM PDT

Purdue Boilermakers guard Braden Smith screaming excitedly
Purdue Boilermakers guard Braden Smith (3) yells in excitement to the fans on Friday, March 29, 2024, during the midwest regional semifinals at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Purdue Boilermakers defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 80-68.
  • The #1 Purdue Boilermakers defeated Gonzaga (80-68) to reach the Elite Eight
  • Purdue will face the #2 Tennessee Volunteers, who took down Creighton (82-75) on Friday night
  • See the opening Tennessee vs Purdue odds for the Elite Eight matchup in Detroit

The #1 Purdue Boilermakers are living up to their billing in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, something they failed to do last year. After falling in the first round to #16 Fairleigh Dickinson a year ago, Matt Painter’s team has strung together three dominant victories to reach the school’s first Elite Eight since 2019 and just its second since the year 2000.

After Purdue took down #5 Gonzaga on Friday night, the #2 Tennessee Volunteers used a huge second half to beat #3 Creighton (82-75) and set up their second game of the season against the Boilermakers.

Purdue took the first meeting in Maui (71-67) and are favored in the opening Tennessee vs Purdue odds for the 2024 Elite Eight.

Tennessee vs Purdue Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Tennessee Volunteers +2 (-110) +120 O 148.5 (-110)
Purdue Boilermakers -2 (-110) -142 U 148.5 (-110)

Zach Edey and company are slim two-point favorites and -142 on the moneyline. The Vols come back at +120 to reach the Final Four for the first time in school history. The game total has opened at 148.5.

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Purdue started the tournament as the +165 favorite to win the Midwest Region in the Final Four odds, with Tennessee a +330 second-favorite.

The winner of Tennessee vs Purdue will move on in the March Madness bracket to face the winner of the South Region, which features #11 NC State vs either #1 Houston or #4 Duke.

Purdue Cruises Past Gonzaga (Again)

Purdue blew out its first two opponents (78-50 over #16 Grambling; 106-67 vs #8 Utah State) but looked to be in a dogfight against #5 Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. The Zags left for most of the first half before a late Boilermaker surge gave Purdue a four-point lead at the break. The second half was all Boilermakers: a 16-2 run circa the 26-minute mark gave Purdue a 16-point lead that was never threatened thereafter.

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Zach Edey wound up leading the team with 27 points and 14 rebounds, but it was the guard play that kept Purdue in contact early on. Purdue, which leads the nation in three-point percentage, went 9-of-20 from three (45%) while point guard Braden Smith dished out a career-high 15 assists (while also playing every minute of the 40).

Purdue remains the #3 team in overall efficiency at KenPom, sitting third on offense and 17th on defense.

The Boilermakers took a hardfought 71-67 decision against Tennessee at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 21.  Fletcher Loyer had a team-high 27 points in that victory, including a 10-of-11 performance form the free-throw line.

Tennessee Uses Huge Second-Half Run to Takedown Creighton

Tennessee trailed Creighton by one after a razor-tight first half (35-34) before a decisive 18-0 run early in the second stanza gave the Volunteers a 55-39 lead that they would not relinquish. The Bluejays made a game of it, trimming the lead to three at one point (62-59) but the Vols regained their composure to close it out

Leading scorer Dalton Knecht led Tennessee with 26 points on 8-of-21 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block.

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In the opening round of the tournament, the Vols took down #15 Saint Peter’s 83-49 in a laugher. Their second-round matchup with Texas was tighter, at least at the end. Tennessee held a seven-point lead with just over two minutes to play, yet found themselves up just one in the final 30 seconds before closing it out at the free-throw line.

Knecht also led the Vols in scoring in the first two rounds, dropping 23 against Saint Peter’s and 18 against Texas.

Tennessee is currently seventh overall at KenPom, third on defense but just 29th on offense.

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