Tennessee vs Maryland Odds & Picks (Dec. 11)
- #7 Tennessee is a five-point favorite over #13 Maryland on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Invitation in Brooklyn
- Tennessee is third in the nation in scoring defense
- A look at the Tennessee vs Maryland matchup and odds can be found below with a pick
#7 Tennessee looks to build on its seven-game winning streak when it plays #13 Maryland at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday in the Hall of Fame Invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Read on for an analysis of Tennessee vs Maryland.
Tennessee (8-1) continued its winning ways Wednesday by thumping Eastern Kentucky 84-49. Maryland (8-1) took its first loss under coach Kevin Willard, falling to Wisconsin 64-59 on Tuesday on the road.
Tennessee vs Maryland Odds
|Tennessee||-225||-5 (-110)||Over 131 (-110)|
|Maryland||+190||+5 (-110)||Under 131 (-110)|
Odds as of December 10th at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Tennessee is favored by five points and -225 on the moneyline, giving it a 69.23% implied win probability in the college basketball odds. The Volunteers have +2500 NCAA Tournament championship odds.
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The game will be broadcast on FS1.
Tennessee Betting Outlook
Tennessee’s defense has been suffocating this season. The Volunteers are first in the nation in three-point field goal percentage allowed (21.6), second in overall field goal percentage (32.7), and third in scoring (51.2).
Tennessee has held seven of its nine opponents under 50 points. That includes Eastern Kentucky, which shot a measly 22.1% (15 of 68), including 17.1% (6 of 354) from three-point range. The Colonels came into the game averaging 83.5 points.
Sophomore guard Zakai Ziegler led Tennessee’s defensive effort with four steals and senior forward Uros Plavsic had three. Senior forward Olivier Nkamhoua blocked three shots.
Jimmy Dykes said it, Zakai Ziegler doing the little things that don’t show up in the box score.
Game changer. pic.twitter.com/WdYQEoGAIo
— @TorresOnTennessee (@TorresontheVols) November 13, 2022
Tyreke Key led Tennessee with 17 points but left the game with 6:15 left with a leg cramp, though he is expected to play Sunday. So, too, is senior guard Santiago Vescovi after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury.
Vescovi is averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 steals a game. Key has an 11.4 scoring average after sitting out last season with a shoulder injury following his transfer from Indiana State.
Freshman forward Julian Phillips leads Tennessee in scoring at 12.2 points a game. He also is pulling down 5.7 rebounds and dishing 2.1 assists a game.
Nkamhoua has averages of 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.
Phillips had 16 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday for his first collegiate double-double. Plavsic added 13 points and seven rebounds, Ziegler contributed 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists and Nkamhoua had 10 points and eight boards.
Tennessee rolled despite making just 8 of 34 (23.5%) shots from beyond the arc.
Maryland Betting Outlook
Senior guard Jahmir Young has made a big impact in his first season in the program.
The Charlotte transfer is averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.0 rebounds. He scored a game-high 17 points in the loss to Wisconsin.
Young, though, couldn’t save the Terrapins by himself. They shot a season-low 38.2% (21 of 55).
Every ounce of Melo Trimble vibes on this clutch dagger from Jahmir Young. Massive W in College Park, the TERPS are 8-0. 🐢🐢🐢pic.twitter.com/PUhCbwN8u6
— Ryan Hammer🔨 (@ryanhammer09) December 3, 2022
Sophomore forward Julian Reese chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Donta Scott had nine points and 10 rebounds while shooting just 3 for 14.
The Terrapins play strong defense, though not quite to the level of Tennessee. They are 19th nationally in three-point field goal percentage allowed (26.9) and 36th in scoring defense (61.3).
Scott is averaging 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds and senior guard Hakim Hart’s season numbers are 12.8 and 5.3. Reese is scoring 12.3 points and snaring 7.6 rebounds per contest.
Tennessee vs Maryland Prediction
The teams haven’t met since the 1984-85 season when Maryland rolled to a 72-49 victory. The Terrapins are more likely to score 49 points than 72 against Tennessee’s strong defense this time around.
Pick: Tennessee -5 (-110)
Season record: 13-7 (+5.3 units) ATS, 0-3 (-3.0 units) ML
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