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Tennessee Basketball Takes on Vandy: How to Watch, Preview, Prediction

No. 25 Tennessee @ Vanderbilt

Feb. 24, 2021 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Memorial Gymnasium – Nashville, TN

The No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers (15-6, 8-6 SEC) will head west as they take on the Vanderbilt Commodores (6-12, 2-10 SEC) Wednesday night in Nashville.

In their previous matchup from January, Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt by a score of 81-61.  A balanced scoring night from the team helped Tennessee soar past Scotty Pippen Jr. and the Commodores in Knoxville.

With time winding down until the SEC tournament, the Vols will look to repeat their success on Wednesday.

How to Watch

    • Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
    • TV: SEC Network
    • Online Streaming: WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN App
    • Radio (Knoxville): Vol Network
    • Postgame Show: The Voluntary Reaction on the Fanrun Radio App

Odds and Statistics

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Tennessee is currently an 8-point favorite as of the time of this post in this in-state rivalry game.

The over/under is also set at 141.

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The Vols have an 83.9 percent chance to win this game according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

Previous Matchups

The Vols have played 152 games are 87-65 since 1949-1950 against Vanderbilt, which is the most games played against any opponent by Tennessee in that span. 

Rick Barnes’ Tennessee teams are 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Commodores, with five-straight victories under their belts.

  • Vanderbilt 61 @ No. 10 Tennessee 81 – 1/16/2021
  • Vanderbilt 61 @ Tennessee 65 – 2/18/2020
  • Tennessee 66 @ Vanderbilt 45 – 1/18/20
  • Vanderbilt 46 @ No. 5 Tennessee 58– 2/19/2019
  • No. 1 Tennessee 88 @ Vanderbilt 83 – 1/23/2019

Season Leaders

  • Tennessee
    • Points: Jaden Springer – 12.0 PPG, 49.0 FG%, 77.6 FT%
    • Assists: Santiago Vescovi – 3.3 APG, 2.0 TOPG, 29.0 MPG
    • Rebounds: Josiah-Jordan James – 6.0 RPG, 4.1 DRPG, 1.9 ORPG
  • Vanderbilt
    • Points: Scotty Pippen Jr. – 20.5 PPG, 43.3 FG%, 81.5 FT%
    • Assists: Scotty Pippen Jr. – 5.2 APG, 3.8 TOPG, 31.9 MPG
    • Rebounds: Dylan Disu – 9.2 RPG, 6.9 DRPG, 2.4 ORPG

Prediction: 

Even in one of the most inconsistent Tennessee basketball seasons, the three constants of life have still remained true throughout.

Death. Taxes. Rick Barnes owning Vanderbilt.

Barnes has nine wins in his last 10 matchups against Vanderbilt and has owned his side of the rivalry. Even though it hasn’t always come easy, Tennessee typically has a pretty good outcome whenever the Vols play the ‘Dores.

Vanderbilt doesn’t have near as much to play for tonight in comparison to Tennessee, but that may be the reason not to overlook Vandy here. Tennessee is in the process of trying to rebound from a loss while getting healthy, and the crown jewel in a bad season from Vanderbilt would be a win over Tennessee at home.

But when it comes to what will actually be on the court, Tennessee should be able to assert its dominance on a less talented team. Yes, Scotty Pippen Jr. will get his points once again after dropping 18 on the Vols in January. But if Tennessee can do a good job of bottling up Pippen Jr., the rest of the Vanderbilt team isn’t very daunting outside of Dylan Disu.

As for Tennessee, Victor Bailey Jr. has found his stroke again as of late. Bailey Jr. will need to continue hitting his shots tonight, as the Vols will look to get Fulkerson, Springer, and Vescovi back on track with the season coming to a close.

Tennessee gets it done. Vanderbilt won’t make it easy and has been playing good basketball lately. The ‘Dores only lost to Alabama by four in their last game. But Tennessee needs to win this game. So they will.

Tennessee 68, Vanderbilt 63

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