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
Purdue 68, Tennessee 63
PASS — no value to be found between these prices.
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.
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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