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#793 Tennessee -1 vs.
#794 Washington 135
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel



#793 University of Tennessee
#794 University of Washington


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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Washington Huskies. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Scotiabank Arena.

Tennessee Looks For First Win Away From Home

The Tennessee Volunteers have been good so far this season in a very limited sample size. The Volunteers have won each of their first two games of the season by at least 15 points including a 19 point win against Murray State in their last game. In that game, Tennessee's defense was solid as it only allowed 63 points. In addition, its offense also played well as it scored 82 points on 50.0% from the floor. However, Tennessee will now have to play away from home for the first time this season so one has to wonder just how well this team will react to the foreign environment. If Tennessee continues to play at this current level, it should be able to get the job done.

Leading the Volunteers offensivelyis seniorJordan Bowden who has been great so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In addition, he is shooting 52.0% from the floor so he has been very smart with his shot selection. If Tennessee plans on winning this game, Bowden will need to continue playing at his current level.

Tennessee's most underrated player is senior guard Lamonte Turner who has been decent this season. He is averaging 11.0 points per game along with 10.0 assists. However, he has only shot 31.0% from the floor and a pathetic 28.6% from the free throw line so he will need to be more efficient moving forward. Turner is also a veteran leader and he will look to help his team remain undefeated.

Washington Looks For Another Neutral Site Win

The Washington Huskies have looked great so far this season. The Huskies have won each of their first two games of the season including a ten-point victory against Mount St. Mary's at home in their last game. In that game, Washington's defense as insane as it only allowed 46 points on just 29.1% shooting from the floor. Now, Washington has to travel back away from home to take on a much better opponent. However, unlike Tennessee, Washington has already played in a neutral site game this season as it was able to comeback against Baylor en route to a thrilling 67-64 victory. That performance in the season opener was good enough to get Washington into the AP Top 25 and it will look to stay in there by winning this game on Saturday.

Leading the Huskies offensively is junior guard Nahziah Carterwho has been great so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. In addition, he has also been amazing on the defensive side of the ball as he is averaging 2.0 steals along with 1.0 blocks per game. Carter's game is extremely well-rounded and he will look to put all of his skills on display in this game.

Washington's most underrated player is freshman forward Jaden McDaniels who has been pretty good this season. He is averaging 11.5 points per game along with 8.5 rebounds. However, he has only shot 36.8% from the floor and has committed 4.5 turnovers per game so he will need to be more efficient moving forward. If McDaniels can fix some of his mistakes, he has the potential to be a serious threat on this team.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though Tennessee might be the more talented team, it has yet to play a game away from home up to this point so I think that the Volunteers will look less sharp than they usually are. At the same time, Washington already played in a neutral site game against Baylor so I think that the Huskies know exactly what it takes to win these type of games. I expect this game to be close throughout but Washington should be able to dominate the pace as it will force Tennessee into taking low-quality shots. Give me the Huskies as a result.

Prediction: Washington

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Since this game is on a neutral court and is between two teams with elite defenses, I have to take the under. Washington is only giving up 55.0 points per game while Tennessee is giving up 63.0 points per game so I think that this total is too high. Plus, Washington loves to slow the pace of play down which should lead to less transition points and fewer offensive possessions for both teams which will lead to less points. I think the first team to 60 wins this game so I will take the under.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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Washington tends to use its unique 2-3 zone defense in order to get opposing teams out of rhythm offensively. On a neutral court, I think that Tennessee will come out flat as Washington will do whatever is possible to avoid giving up easy shots in the lane. As a result, I think that Washington should be able to lead after the first 20 minutes as Washington should be able to slow the pace down to a crawl which is exactly how Tennessee does not want to play basketball. This first half should be close but I will take the Huskies.

Prediction: Washington 1H

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.