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#796 Tennessee -11.5
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Murray State Racers and the Tennessee Volunteers. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Murray State Looks To Stay Undefeated

The Murray State Racers have been solid up to this point in the season. Specifically, the Racers won their only game against Southern by 20 points. In that game, Murray State's defense was fantastic as it only allowed 49 points on just 31.1% shooting from the floor. Now, Murray State will look to duplicate that excellence on the defensive end on Tuesday against Tennessee on the road. If Murray State plans on staying undefeated, its defense will need to shutdown a very underrated offense on the road which is a very difficult task. Whether or not the Racers are up to the challenge or not remains to be seen.

Leading the Racers offensively is sophomore guard Tevin Brown who has been great this season. Specifically, he is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds. In addition, he has shot 50.0% from the floor. Brown averaged 11.8 points last season so it is very encouraging to see him take another step forward in production.

Murray State's most underrated player is senior Anthony Smithwho has been okay so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 10.0 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds. However, he is shooting just 42.9% from the floor so he will need to shoot a lot better from the floor moving forward.

Tennessee Looks For Another Home Win

The Tennessee Volunteers have been good so far in a very limited sample size. Specifically, the Volunteers won their only game against UNC Asheville by 15 points. In that game, Tennessee's defense was solid as it only allowed 63 points. However, its offense also played well as it scored 78 points on 50.8% from the floor. However, Tennessee was awful from the foul line was it only went 6-12. If Tennessee plans on winning another home game, it will need to shoot a lot better from the foul line. Luckily, the Volunteers have the athletes to get to the foul line a lot moving forward.

Leading the Volunteers offensively is senior guard Lamonte Turner who has been great this season. Specifically, he is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game along with 6.0 assists. However, he only shot 41.2% from the floor so he will need to be more efficient moving forward. Turner is also a veteran leader and he will look to lead his team to another home victory.

Tennessee's most underrated player is senior Jordan Bowdenwho has been okay so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 10.0 points per game along with 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In addition, he is shooting 50.0% from the floor so he has been very smart with his shot selection. If Tennessee plans on winning this game, Bowden will need to log some serious minutes due to his experience.

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Even though both teams are undefeated, Tennessee is the much more talented team and I expect it to show on Tuesday. Murray State won comfortably at home in its first game but now has to play in a very hostile environment for the first time this season so I expect the Racers to struggle. Plus, Tennessee still has better athletes and more depth which should help the Volunteers blow this game open in the second half. I think Tennessee will win this game by about 15 points so I will take the home team.

Prediction: Tennessee -12.5

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Both teams in this game have played good defense up to this point in the season so I have to take the under. Murray State only gave up 49 points in its season opener while Tennessee only gave up 63 points so I like both defenses in this spot. I would not be surprised to see this game end in the high-130s as both teams will try to use their physicality to prevent easy layups which should lead to less points. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 147.5

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With another home game up next, I expect Tennessee to get out to a hot start as Murray State should struggle against better competition. Tennessee will most likely use its superior athleticism to overwhelm Murray State early on as it should open up a decent lead before the break. Plus, Tennessee is the better rebounding team so it should be able to get a lot of second chance points. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Tennessee 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.