Tennessee vs. Virginia Odds, Picks, Predictions: How to Bet Sunday’s College World Series Matchup (June 20)
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Tennessee vs. Virginia Odds
|Over/Under||9.5 (+108 / -132)|
|Time||Sunday, 2 p.m. ET|
|Odds as of Friday afternoon and via DraftKings.|
Projected Starting Pitchers
Chad Dallas (Tennessee) vs. Andrew Abbott (Virginia)
If anyone gets to claim the role of Cinderella, it’s the Virginia Cavaliers.
Ranked 39th in RPI, the Hoos own a losing record against teams ranked in the top 50. Virginia has taken the tough road this postseason, losing the first games of its regional and super regional series, then rallying to win out in each round of play to earn a trip to Omaha.
The Cavaliers’ most recent victory that punched their ticket to Omaha even included a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning.
Virginia baseball now has a pattern of losing in its first outing while winning every game in the losers’ bracket. This happened in the South Carolina regional and in the supers against Dallas Baptist.
The key for the Cavaliers is to get staff ace Andrew Abbott back on track.
After firing 28.1 scoreless innings to close the regular season, Abbott gave up eight earned runs in 10.1 innings against South Carolina and Dallas Baptist.
The exact opposite has occurred for Virginia’s opponent, Volunteers starter Chad “Cheese” Dallas.
A career high 1️⃣2️⃣ strikeouts for Cheese last night as he picked up win No. 1️⃣1️⃣!
— Tennessee Baseball (@Vol_Baseball) June 13, 2021
Dallas struggled to obtain quality starts through the end of the SEC regular season, but everything came together during the conference tournament in Hoover. In three postseason starts, the Tennessee ace has surrendered just six earned runs in 17 innings. Those numbers came against powerhouse offenses of Mississippi State, Wright State and LSU.
The Tennessee offensive numbers speak for themselves. The Vols own a top-five rank in home runs per game, slugging percentage, earned run average and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Led by former Arkansas assistant Tony Vitello, Tennessee is a player for the national title and should take advantage of Virginia’s struggling ace.
Pick: Tennessee -150 or better