Samford vs Tennessee NCAA Basketball Odds & Expert Pick

Samford vs Tennessee NCAA Basketball Odds & Expert Pick

Written by on December 19, 2018

Could be a bit of a trap game on Wednesday for No. 3 Tennessee as the Vols welcome a pretty good Samford side (relatively speaking) from the Southern Conference. The Vols are off a big game at rival Memphis and ahead of a tougher test vs. Wake Forest. They are still huge NCAA Basketball Betting favorites here.

How to Bet Samford vs Tennessee NCAA Basketball Odds & Game Info

All-Time Series

Tennessee won its only previous meeting with Samford, as the Vols posted an 83-79 home win on Nov. 28, 1977, at Stokely Athletics Center. The Vols are 93-17 all-time against current members of the Southern Conference.

Team Records

  • All: Samford 10-2 / Tennessee 8-1 Home: Samford 7-1 / Tennessee 7-0
  • Away: Samford 3-1 / Tennessee 1-1
  • ATS: Samford 10-1 / Tennessee 4-3-1
  • Over/Under: Samford 3-7-1 / Tennessee 4-4

Why Bet on Samford?

Samford is a private Christian university founded in 1841 and located in Homewood, Alabama. It is rebuilding after losing 10 players, including all five starters, from last season’s 10-22 team but is off to a nice start.

Samford is off an 85-61 win over something called Houston Baptist on Monday in Birmingham, Ala. Samford improved to 10-2 on the season, marking the best start to a season after 12 games since the 1960-61 season. Josh Sharkey led Samford with 24 points and five assists. Brandon Austin scored 22 points to mark his second-straight game with more than 20 points. Robert Allen added 14 points and seven rebounds.

A few Samford players are at or near the top of the Southern Conference in several statistical categories. Ruben Guerrero leads the league in field goal percentage (.664), ranks second in offensive rebounds (3.7 pg.), and he ranks third in blocked shots (1.9 pg.). Guerrero leads the team in both scoring and rebounding. So far this season, Guerrero is averaging 15.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Sharkey leads the league in steals (2.6 pg.), and he ranks second in assists (6.0 pg.) and minutes played (33.5 pg.). Allen ranks third in the league in defensive rebounds (6.5 pg.). Sharkey has scored in double figures in 10 games and he has dished out at least five assists in nine games.

NCAA fans may know Samford’s coach: Scott Padgett. He was a former star at the University of Kentucky, NCAA champion and first-round NBA draft pick. Padgett is in his fifth season.

Samford has played one other ranked team this season, losing 68-50 at Ohio State on Nov. 20. The Bulldogs led by three at halftime, though. The Buckeyes shot 50 percent from the field in the second half to 24 percent for Samford.

Why Bet on Tennessee?

The Vols’ only loss was by six in overtime to current No. 1 Kansas. UT has won three straight since, including over former No. 1 Gonzaga. Tennessee comes off a 102-92 win at rival Memphis on Saturday.

Admiral Schofield finished with 29 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds while helping the Vols eclipse the 100-point margin for the first time since putting up 103 against Appalachian State on Nov. 15, 2016. Schofield is the first Vol to score 25 points in consecutive games since Kevin Punter Jr. did so in 2016.

Four other players chipped in double-digit scoring performances vs. Memphis. Grant Williams had 19 points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Jordan Bone dropped 17 points behind 11-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe. Jordan Bowden finished with 12 points, and Kyle Alexander just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Samford vs Tennessee should be an easy victory for the Volunteers.

Tennessee was 39-for-46 at the free-throw line. The last time UT made 30 free throws in a game was last season vs. Auburn (1/2/18) when the Big Orange made exactly 30. In the second half alone, Tennessee was 25-of-29 from the line.

Tennessee has three nonconference games remaining before heading into SEC play to defend its share of the regular-season title. Coach Rick Barnes has outlined one area where improvement is needed: Defense. The fourth-year coach said the Vols are being beaten too often on the perimeter with drives, leaving UT’s post players coming over to make plays and, sometimes, picking up fouls. The Vols are averaging 17.7 fouls per game this season with two foul-outs – Williams against Kansas and Gonzaga.

“We’ve got to guard the ball better. We’ve got to do a better job of ball-screen defense. We’ve got to guard the ball. We can’t continue to give up just straight-line drives without staying between the ball and the basket.”

Samford vs Tennessee NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

  • Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games
  • Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
  • Volunteers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Southern
  • Volunteers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win
  • Samford is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Samford’s last 8 games
  • Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 5 games at home

Expert NCAAB Betting Prediction for Samford vs Tennessee

Take the points. Samford can hang within 20.