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Creighton vs. Tennessee: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

There are only 16 teams left in the men's tournament, and one of the biggest matchups happening on Friday is between No. 3 Creighton and No. 2 Tennessee.

Creighton is coming off a thrilling victory over No. 11 Oregon, with the Bluejays having to go to double overtime to win. As for Tennessee, the Vols survived a scare from No. 7 Texas as they won by four.

Here’s a preview of the matchup and our expert picks for the game.

Creighton vs. Tennessee betting picks and predictions

Creighton +3

The Bluejays have won nine of their last 11 games and are on a roll as they come into their matchup against Tennessee.

Their opening matchup against Akron wasn’t that close as the Bluejays were able to dominate the paint through Ryan Kalkbrenner, while Baylor Scheierman and Trey Alexander were fantastic from the perimeter.

Kalkbrenner is hard to defend in the paint because of his height and physicality and those are also two traits that help him be one of the best defensive centers in college basketball.

Tennessee had a comfortable lead going into halftime of their most recent game against Texas, but a second-half surge by the Longhorns forced the Vols onto their heels.

In the end, Tennessee was able to hang on and win by four points, but their poor second-half performance was worrisome to see.

The key to stopping Texas’ attack is by forcing Dalton Knecht into bad shots on the perimeter and not letting Jonas Aidoo get to his spot in the paint.

If Creighton can do that, the Bluejays are in a great spot to cover a small margin, and even win.

Under 143.5

Creighton and Tennessee are similar in the fact that they both have above-average offenses, but they also have stellar defenses.

Aidoo is the rim protector for Texas, and he is a great defender in the post. As for Creighton, that’s Kalkbrenner’s job, the 7’1” center who won back-to-back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year titles in the Big East.

With those two guys down low, it won’t be easy to drive to the paint and get an easy bucket. 

Athleticism is a common theme among the guards in this game. Between Scheierman and Alexander for the Bluejays and Knecht and Zakai Zeigler for Tennessee, there likely won’t be a lot of wide-open shots from the perimeter.

These guards are excellent at defending the perimeter and, since neither team plays with a ton of pace, possessions should be long. That should keep the scoring lower, so Friday night’s game should finish with less than 140 points.

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Creighton vs. Tennessee odds

Creighton

+135 ML

Tennessee

-160 ML

Spread

Tennessee -3

Total

O/U 143.5

Creighton vs. Tennessee player props

Player points

Dalton Knecht (TENN)

O/U 20.5

Baylor Scheierman (CREI)

O/U 17.5

Ryan Kalkbrenner (CREI)

O/U 16.5

Trey Alexander (CREI)

O/U 16.5

Zakai Zeigler (TENN)

O/U 11.5

Jonas Aidoo (TENN)

O/U 11.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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