Tennessee 8-4 (0-0 SEC) and LSU 8-4 (0-0 SEC) meet in Knoxville for each team’s conference opener. Neither of these teams are as formidable as last season. That happens when you lose top notch players like Grant Williams and Tremont Waters. Glancing at the two team’s games played so far, it looks like the Vols have the stronger squad. LSU has a scathing 11-point home loss to East Tennessee State along with a loss at Virginia Commonwealth. Tennessee’s worst loss as a 20-point home setback to Wisconsin. The Vol’s best win was a 13-point victory over Washington. Meanwhile, a 17-point home win over a decent 1-loss Liberty team is the Tiger’s best victory.
Guard Jordan Bowden is the Vols leading scorer but UT has three other players that average in double figures. Josiah-Jordan James, a 6-foot-6 freshman guard is the Vols leading rebounder. Senior guard Skylar May’s is the Tigers’ top scorer but, like Tennessee, the Tigers have several other double digit scorers. Looking at the stat comparison, Tennessee is more accurate from 3-point range and also defends the three better. The Vols also shoot better than the Tigers from the field and at the foul line.
Playing at home, look for Tennessee to win this one.