Purdue vs. Tennessee Basketball Betting Preview & Sweet Sixteen Picks

Posted by: Mike Davis

The year’s NCAA basketball betting tournament action continues this Thursday night with a thrilling round of Sweet Sixteen matchups. One contest that is bound to deliver some thrills is this evening’s Purdue vs. Tennessee basketball matchup. The Volunteers looked great in their 83-77 win over Iowa and will be vying for a dominant outing against third-seeded Purdue. So what kind of turnout can players learning how to bet on sports expect this Thursday night? Let’s check up on tonight’s sportsbook betting odds to find out.

Purdue vs. Tennessee Basketball – Thursday, March 28th    

When: 7:29 pm ET

Where: KFC Yum Center, Louisville, Kentucky


Stream: TBS Sports

College Basketball Betting Odds:

Purdue +2 (-110) 146½ (-110) +115
Tennessee -2 (-110) 146½ (-110) -135
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Purdue Boilermakers           

Carsen Edwards - Purdue vs. Tennessee BasketballThe Boilermakers are coming off a dominant 87-61 win over Villanova in the second round. All in all Purdue has dominated the competition seeing as how their First Round matchup ended 61-48. Now they’re facing a higher seeded opponent who comes in with a better offense. At the present time the Volunteers are averaging 82.2 per matchup while giving up 68.5 points. Comparatively Purdue is putting up 76.1 on offense and giving up 66.1 defensively. Additionally both teams come in with a ton of momentum. After all, Purdue is 8-2 SU in their last 10 and the Volunteers are 7-2 in their last 9 matchups.

While the Volunteers have the better offense, Purdue shouldn’t have too tough of a time keeping pace. This is because the Boilermakers get most of their points downtown and Tennessee ranks 204th in stopping three-pointers. Comparatively the Volunteers get most of their points from inside the arc, where Purdue ranks 52nd in stopping two-pointers.

Players to Watch: Carsen Edwards (23.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg), Ryan Cline (11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Matt Haarms (9.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Tennessee Volunteers     

Grant Williams - Purdue vs. Tennessee BasketballThe Volunteers were one of this season’s most dominant teams, evident by the fact that they’re their the South Region’s second seed. Coming off a 6 point win over Iowa, Tennessee will be looking for a more lopsided finish against Purdue. The last time these two met was in November of 2017 in a matchup that saw Tennessee edge out a 75-78 win over Purdue. This game could above all come down to efficiency. Moreover, if the Volunteers are able to hit their shots from within the arc, they shouldn’t have too hard of a time getting their game plan. On the other hand, if they’re missing left and right then Purdue’s 37.3 rebounds per game could spell trouble for them.

Players to Watch: Grant Williams (18.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.1 apg), Admiral Schofield (16.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Jordan Bone (13.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.9 apg).

Purdue vs. Tennessee Basketball Betting Predictions


  • Tennessee is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee’s last 5 games
  • Tennessee is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue’s last 6 games
  • PUR is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
  • PUR is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games

Purdue vs. Tennessee Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Purdue vs. Tennessee basketball matchup? All things considered, the upset pick looks like the best selection. All in all the odds aren’t favoring Tennessee by much here, which suggests that they suspect the Volunteers could be upset by Purdue tonight. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 79-77 Purdue.