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The Tennessee Volunteers (4-0) and Purdue Boilermakers (4-0) clash in a Tuesday semifinal at the Allstate Maui Invitational in Honolulu. The opening tip at the Stan Sheriff Center will be at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Tennessee vs. Purdue odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and best bets.

Tennessee, which is No. 8 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll, defeated Syracuse in Monday’s opening round of the 8-team tournament. UT covered as a 12.5-point favorite with a 73-56 conquest and is 4-0 for the 1st time since 2020.

No. 2 Purdue covered as a 5-point favorite with a 73-63 win vs. No. 10 Gonzaga Monday. The Boilermakers trailed by as many as 9 points late in the 1st half but outscored the Bulldogs 43-28 over the final 20 minutes to remain unbeaten and run their record against the spread (ATS) to 3-1.

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Tennessee vs. Purdue odds

Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:09 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Volunteers +135 (bet $100 to win $135) | Boilermakers -160 (bet $160 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Volunteers +3.5 (-115) | Boilermakers -3.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 134.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Tennessee vs. Purdue picks and predictions

Prediction

Purdue 68, Tennessee 63

Moneyline

PASS — no value to be found between these prices.

Against the spread

Purdue was so impressive Monday, and with the way the Boilermakers acquitted themselves by sweeping 3 wins by big margins — including 2 over top-10 foes — in last November’s Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, you have to like their chances in this event.

However, expect these 2 veteran teams to lean into their defenses in this one, and the hurdle of this point spread puts value on Purdue just out of reach. PASS.

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Over/Under

Syracuse went into Monday’s game against Tennessee averaging 83.7 points per game. The Vols held SU to 56 points on a 35.0% night from the floor. Over UT’s last 23 games vs. teams averaging 77-plus PPG, the Under has gone 18-5.

Expect a slower than average tempo with terrific perimeter defense and not too many baskets added in the ways that tend to spiral scores upward (transition, 2nd-chance, free throws).

TAKE THE UNDER 134.5 (-110).

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