Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Tennessee has the athletes to compete in the SEC and this group has been looking better as of late standing 4-3 overall heading into this challenge on the road against North Carolina. The Vols have been a work in progress under head coach Barnes and it’s going to be interesting to see how this group develops throughout the regular season. Tennessee dominated an overmatched Presbyterian squad in their last outing picking up the win by a final of 90-50. Tennessee tries to utilize their athleticism to get out and run and this group currently ranks 60th in the nation in scoring average and 202nd in total defense. The Vols spread the ball around in impressive fashion as Tennessee has 7 players averaging over 8 points per game.
North Carolina has gotten off to a strong start this season standing 9-1 overall with some of their better wins coming against teams like Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, and Davidson, among others. In their one defeat UNC fell to Indiana on the road by 9 points. The Tar Heels are probably going into this one without starting guard Joel Berry again. North Carolina has a depth of talent to cope with a loss like this for the time being. North Carolina has been solid on both ends of the court ranking 10th in the nation in scoring average and 72nd in total defense. Veteran forward Justin Jackson has led the offense thus far averaging 16.4 points per game.
Without Berry in their last outing UNC struggled to put Davidson away at home going on to pick up the win by a final of 83-74. Tennessee has been playing better as of late, especially on the offensive side of the ball and just being able to keep things respectable would be an accomplishment for the Vols. We like Tennessee getting the generous amount of points as the best bet here.
Tennessee +18.5 -110