Tennessee visits Kansas on Saturday in a key Big 12-SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.
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Team Statistical Comparison
Tennessee Scoring Leaders
Tennessee Rebounding Leaders
Kansas Scoring Leaders
|Silvio De Sousa||Kansas||2.6||16||13||2|
Kansas Rebounding Leaders
|Silvio De Sousa||Kansas||21||30||51||2.8|
Tennessee (12-6, 4-2 SEC) recently defeated Ole Miss 73-48 on Tuesday night in Knoxville. The Vols jumped out to a 20-9 lead midway and that lead grew to 42-23 by halftime. That lead grew to as much as 25 in the second half as the Vols coasted to victory. John Fulkerson led the Vols in scoring with 18 points. Fulkerson is the Vols’ second leading scorer for the season averaging 11.5 points per game. Josiah-Jordan James is the Vols leading rebounder pulling down 5.8 boards a game. Fulkerson is also the team’s second leading scorer (11.5 ppg). For the season, the Vols are hitting almost 44% of their field goals, 30.5% of 3-point shots and 75.5% of free throws. This is certainly not the Vol team on 2018-19 but they are still a formidable team and have a shot to make the NCAA tournament.
Kansas (14-3, 5-1 Big 12) is one of the top five teams in the nation. Most recently the Jayhawks dominated Kansas State 81-60 in a home game. The Jayhawks three losses this season have come from Duke (68-66, Neutral), Villanova (56-55, Away) and Baylor (67-55 Home). Kansas also has a bevy of impressive wins including road wins at West Virginia, Stanford, Colorado and Dayton. Devon Dotson leads the Jayhawks in scoring averaging 18.2 ppg. Dotson had 18 points in the recent win over KSU. Dotson is one of key three 3-point shooting threats for the Jayhawks. Ochai Agbaji and Isaiah Moss each have 30 made threes while Dotson has 20. Kansas as a team is hitting 36% of its threes. The Jayhawks make 49.5% of their field goals and 66% from the line.
Tennessee is still a well-coached team that can beat anyone on a given day. However, they have a tough challenge in facing a very talented Kansas team in Lawrence. The Jayhawks also remember Tennessee taking them to overtime last season in Brooklyn. Look for Tennessee to play close but come up short.