SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: West Virginia at Tennessee

Tennessee-West Virginia

No. 1 ranked Tennessee hosts West Virginia on Saturday in a key SEC basketball-Big 12 matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
West Virginia 0.421 0.319 0.687 275 763 249 109 79 289
West Virginia OPP 0.428 0.354 0.700 192 620 221 148 64 230
Tennessee 0.508 0.357 0.770 188 705 356 106 107 207
Tennessee OPP 0.381 0.305 0.641 205 577 204 110 30 237

NCAA RPI

West Virginia: 95
Tennessee: 5

West Virginia Roster

Link to West Virginia Roster

Tennessee Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Jordan Bone G 6′-3″ 174 JR Nashville, TN
#1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 195 JR Florence, AL
#2 Grant Williams F 6′-7″ 236 JR Charlotte, NC
#4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 170 SO Austin, TX
#5 Admiral Schofield G 6′-6″ 241 SR Zion, IL
#10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 197 SO Kingsport, TN
#11 Kyle Alexander F 6′-11″ 215 SR Milton, ON
#12 Brad Woodson G 6′-1″ 177 SR Murfreesboro, TN
#13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 187 SO Durham, NC
#15 Derrick Walker F 6′-8″ 236 SO Kansas City, MO
#23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 JR Knoxville, TN
#24 Lucas Campbell G 6′-4″ 185 SR Knoxville, TN
#32 D.J. Burns F 6′-9″ 272 FR Rock Hill, SC
#33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 225 SO Magnolia, DE
#34 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 212 FR Knoxville, TN
#35 Yves Pons F 6′-6″ 209 SO Fuveau, France

West Virginia Schedule/Results

Link to West Virginia Schedule

Tennessee Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs Lenoir Rhyne W 86-41
Nov 9 vs Louisiana W 87-65
Nov 13 vs Georgia Tech W 66-53
Nov 21* at Louisville W 92-81
Nov 23* vs Kansas L 87-81
Nov 28 vs E Kentucky W 95-67
Dec 2 vs Texas A&M-CC W 79-51
Dec 9* vs Gonzaga W 76-73
Dec 15 at Memphis W 102-92
Dec 19 vs Samford W 83-70
Dec 22 vs Wake Forest W 83-64
Dec 29 vs Tenn Tech W 96-53
Jan 5 vs Georgia W 96-50
Jan 8 at Missouri W 87-63
Jan 12 at Florida W 78-67
Jan 15 vs Arkansas W 106-87
Jan 19 vs Alabama W 71-68
Jan 23 at Vanderbilt W 88-83 (OT)
Jan 26 vs West Virginia
Jan 29 at South Carolina
Feb 2 at Texas A&M
Feb 5 vs Missouri
Feb 9 vs Florida
Feb 13 vs South Carolina
Feb 16 at Kentucky
Feb 19 vs Vanderbilt
Feb 23 at LSU
Feb 27 at Ole Miss
Mar 2 vs Kentucky
Mar 5 vs Mississippi State
Mar 9 at Auburn

West Virginia-Tennessee Prediction

The Tennessee Volunteers realized what life is like as the No. 1 team in the United States this past week against Vanderbilt. They escaped, but only by the smallest of margins. Everyone is now gunning for the Vols, a reality they are still getting adjusted to. They did well at Florida, but they almost allowed both Alabama and Vanderbilt to knock them off. Will Tennessee slide into a pattern of uncertainty? Will players feel the strain of thinking they have something to lose, rather than playing with the swagger which marked the first two weeks of SEC play? Where is the team which humiliated Georgia and buried Arkansas? That is the team Rick Barnes would love to see again. Given the stress this team seems to be carrying, even a bad West Virginia team will probably hang around. Tennessee 77, West Virginia 65. (Matt Zemek)

Game time: 4 ET, 3 CT, on ESPN

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