SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Kansas

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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

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Tennessee 0.429 0.305 0.755 176 660 272 108 105 251
Tennessee OPP 0.377 0.308 0.674 182 608 173 133 54 244
Kansas 0.495 0.360 0.660 193 702 272 149 85 244
Kansas OPP 0.375 0.297 0.654 175 570 215 123 48 254

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Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 12.3 75 43 28
John Fulkerson Tennessee 11.5 81 45 0
Yves Pons Tennessee 10.7 74 29 16
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 8.3 50 28 21
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 4.6 36 10 1
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 3.2 18 10 12
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 2.9 12 22 3
Drew Pember Tennessee 1.8 6 10 3

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 19 85 104 5.8
John Fulkerson Tennessee 29 74 103 5.7
Yves Pons Tennessee 25 62 87 4.8
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 29 43 72 4.0
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 7 64 71 3.9
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 10 30 40 2.2
Lamonte Turner Tennessee 7 32 39 3.5
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 7 22 29 1.7
Santiago Vescovi Tennessee 4 20 24 4.0
Drew Pember Tennessee 8 11 19 1.4
Uros Plavsic Tennessee 2 2 4 1.3
Zach Kent Tennessee 0 2 2 1.0

Kansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Devon Dotson Kansas 18.2 100 87 22
Udoka Azubuike Kansas 12.9 101 30 0
Ochai Agbaji Kansas 10.3 68 19 30
Marcus Garrett Kansas 9.5 65 31 10
Isaiah Moss Kansas 8.0 46 14 30
David McCormack Kansas 7.5 57 21 0
Christian Braun Kansas 4.6 29 8 17
Tristan Enaruna Kansas 3.2 22 7 6
Silvio De Sousa Kansas 2.6 16 13 2

Kansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Udoka Azubuike Kansas 51 120 171 9.5
David McCormack Kansas 28 56 84 4.7
Ochai Agbaji Kansas 20 58 78 4.3
Marcus Garrett Kansas 10 59 69 3.8
Devon Dotson Kansas 14 54 68 4.0
Silvio De Sousa Kansas 21 30 51 2.8
Christian Braun Kansas 12 35 47 2.6
Tristan Enaruna Kansas 11 36 47 2.6
Isaiah Moss Kansas 4 30 34 2.0
Elijah Elliott Kansas 1 0 1 0.2
Chris Teahan Kansas 0 1 1 0.1

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NCAA RPI

Tennessee: 58

Kansas: 3

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Scouting Report

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.

Tennessee-Kansas Prediction

Kansas 78, Tennessee 73


Saturday’s game tips off at 4:00 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT). TV: ESPN.

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