Norfolk State Spartans vs. Tennessee Volunteers - NCAABB Prediction

Norfolk State Spartans vs Tennessee Prediction 1/2/2024

The Norfolk State Spartans (9-6) travel to face off against the Tennessee Volunteers (9-3) on Tuesday, January 2nd. This game will be played at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville and televised on SECN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Norfolk State Spartans vs Tennessee Volunteers

The Norfolk State Spartans Are Coming Off A Win

Norfolk State has a record of 9-6 as they enter their 16th game of the season. Looking at their last ten road games, Norfolk State has a record of 4-6, which dates back to last year. Norfolk State is currently sitting above .500 in terms of ATS, with a 7-5 record. In their last five games, the team has gone 2-2 vs. the spread.

Norfolk State’s games have, on average, featured 139.5 points per game leading to an over/under record of 5-7-0. Their average over/under line is currently 138.5 points so far. In their most recent three games, the Spartans’ over/under record is 1-1, with their games averaging 146 points per game.

The Tennessee Volunteers Are Coming Off A Win

Heading into their 13th game of the season, Tennessee has a 9-3 overall record. In their previous ten games at home, which includes last year, Tennessee has a 9-1 record. At the moment, Tennessee sits below .500 with a 4-7-1 ATS record. In their last ten games, Tennessee is 1-3-1 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Tennessee have had an average of 142.6 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 140.7 points. Their over/under record is 7-5-0. In the Volunteers’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 141 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 3-2.

Norfolk State Offense Breakdown

Coming off a good offensive performance, Norfolk State’s offense scored 84 points against South Dakota State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 58.8%, and they went 13/17 from the free-throw line. In terms of offense, the Spartans have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 202nd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 134th in percentage and 240th in three-pointers made.

Jamarii Thomas (G) 18.0 3.7 4.1
Allen Betrand (G) 11.9 2.9 0.9
Christian Ings (G) 7.9 1.7 1.4

Tennessee Offense Breakdown

In their most recent game, the Tennessee offense put up just 65 points vs. the Tarleton State Texans. Overall, they are now averaging 77.1 points per game which is 148th in the country. On the offensive front, the Volunteers have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 287th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 216th in terms of percentage and 115th in three-pointers made.

Dalton Knecht (G) 15.7 4.2 1.4
Josiah-Jordan James (G) 11.6 7.0 2.1
Jonas Aidoo (F) 11.0 6.9 1.1

Norfolk State Team Defense

At this time, the Spartans’ defense is positioned 77th in the country, permitting 66.7 points per game. Norfolk State’s three-point defense is currently 90th in the country at 6.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 34.3% of their shots vs. Norfolk State.

Tennessee Team Defense

At this time, the Volunteers’ defense is positioned 56th in the country, permitting 65.5 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.8 threes per game vs. Norfolk State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.1%.

Spartans vs Volunteers Trends

  • Through their last three road contests, the Spartans offense has averaged 67 points per game while allowing an average of 75. Norfolk State posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 1-2 ATS.
  • Across their ten previous home games, Tennessee has an ATS mark of 2-8. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-8 while averaging 69 points per game.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Spartans have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-1.
  • Although the Volunteers have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 0-3.

Spartans vs Volunteers Prediction

In this Volunteers vs. Volunteers matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Volunteers at -24.5. While we project the Volunteers to win 74-70, our recommendation is to bet on the Spartans for the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 139, and our model predicts the Spartans and Volunteers to score a combined 144 points. We recommend betting on the over.

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