Tennessee-Colgate Betting Odds: Opening Spread, Analysis for 2019 NCAA Tournament

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Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tennessee Volunteers forward Grant Williams (2) and teammates.

#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Tennessee -17.5
  • Over/Under: 152
  • Date: Friday, March 22
  • Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: Columbis, Ohio
  • TV: CBS

Tennessee’s Statistical Profile

Tennessee finished the regular season as the top team in the SEC according to KenPom, just ahead of the Kentucky Wildcats. However, the Vols did not finish as strong as coach Rick Barnes would have preferred.

Barnes’ squad got hammered by Kentucky on the road, 86-69, starting a stretch in which the team lost three of its final seven games, albeit those losses came in tough road matchups against Kentucky, LSU and Auburn.

The Vols did win the key rubber match against the Wildcats in the seminfinals of the SEC Tournament, but suffered a huge letdown in Sunday’s championship game in a disastrous 20-point loss to Auburn. — PJ Walsh

  • Record: 29-5
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 7
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 3
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 30
  • Tempo Rank: 157

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

Colgate’s Statistical Profile

Colgate took home the Patriot League Title to get their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1996. The Raiders are not exactly a great team, though, as you probably guessed. Per KenPom’s efficiency ratings, they are the 126th best team in the country.

Though they enter the tourney on a nine game win streak, they don’t really have any legit wins this year against good non-conference foes. Their solid offensive efficiency (60th in the nation) and poor defensive efficiency (204th) caused some high scoring games, as 12 of their 18 games with lines went over. In both trips to the tourney in the school’s history, they’ve been a #16 seed and were ousted in the first round. — Mark Gallant

  • Record: 24-10
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 126
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 60
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 204
  • Tempo Rank: 239

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

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