The 18th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers will look to continue their recent dominance over the Florida Gators when they meet in a key SEC matchup on Wednesday night in Knoxville, Tenn. The Volunteers (13-5, 4-3), who defeated LSU 64-50 on Saturday, have won six of their last seven games against Florida. Over those seven games, neither team has reached 80 points. The Gators (12-7, 3-4), who are just 6-7 since starting the season 6-0, have won three of their last four games, but dropped a 70-54 decision to Ole Miss on Monday.
The game from Thompson-Boling Arena is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. ET. Florida is averaging 71.3 points per game, while Tennessee averages 74.4. The Volunteers are 9.5-point favorites in the latest Florida vs. Tennessee odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 131. Before making any Tennessee vs. Florida picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Florida vs. Tennessee, and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Florida vs. Tennessee:
- Florida vs. Tennessee spread: Tennessee -9.5
- Florida vs. Tennessee over-under: 131 points
- FLA: The over is 5-1-2 in the Gators' last eight Wednesday games
- TENN: The Volunteers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games
Why Tennessee can cover
Junior forward Olivier Nkamhoua has had a solid season and is averaging 8.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He scored 15 points and had nine rebounds at Alabama on Dec. 29, both career highs against SEC competition. He scored a career-high 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting and recorded eight rebounds against East Tennessee State on Nov. 14, and was 9 of 10 from the field with 21 points against South Carolina Upstate on Dec. 14. For the year, Nkamhoua has shown good range and is 11 of 25 from the 3-point arc.
Also powering the Tennessee offense is redshirt senior John Fulkerson who is averaging 7.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He led the Volunteers with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 13 drawn fouls during the win over sixth-ranked Arizona on Dec. 22. He earned co-SEC Player of the Week for that performance and was named a Preseason All-SEC First Team selection. With 148 career appearances, Fulkerson holds the Tennessee record for career games played.
Why Florida can cover
The Gators have five players averaging 8.4 points per game or better, led by senior forward Colin Castleton. But Florida will be without their big man after he suffered an injury at South Carolina last week. Helping pick up the slack will be senior guard Phlandrous Fleming Jr., a transfer from Charleston Southern, who is also a big part of the offense. Fleming is averaging 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals. His best game was a 20-point performance in an 87-62 win over Stony Brook on Dec. 22.
Also providing Florida with offense is senior guard Tyree Appleby, who has reached double-digit scoring in 11 games, including in each of the last three. In an 80-72 win against Mississippi State, Appleby scored 17 points, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds. He narrowly missed a double-double at Auburn Jan. 8 when he scored 11 points and dished out nine assists. For the season, he is averaging 9.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals. He is also the Gators' top free throw shooter, hitting 83.3 percent from the foul line.
How to make Florida vs. Tennessee picks
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