It took two overtime victories to produce this year’s Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game. Tennessee basketball, ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the Coaches Poll, will face the No. 3 ranked Kansas Jayhawks in a Black Friday showdown at Paradise Island in The Bahamas to take home the trophy.
Rick Barnes’ team comes into this game after wins over the Butler Bulldogs and USC Trojans. While UT beat Butler 71-45, they needed overtime to beat USC Thursday, but they pulled it off with a 73-66 victory, scoring the final seven points.
Kansas, meanwhile, beat the N.C. State Wolfpack 80-74 and then the Wisconsin Badgers 69-68 in overtime to reach the championship game. This is the fourth meeting in five seasons between these two schools. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee basketball’s showdown.
- TV: ESPN
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Jayhawk Sports Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Listen online: UTSports; KUAthletics
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -1.5
- Over/Under: 133
- Moneyline: Tennessee -125; Kansas +105
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Coming off their second national championship under Bill Self, Kansas actually returns two starters from that team in Jalen Wilson and Dajuan Harris. With the addition of five-star Gradey Dick and Texas Tech Red Raiders transfer Kevin McCullar, this team hasn’t missed a beat.
They have already scored a win over the Duke Blue Devils, who were ranked No. 7 at the time. That remains Duke’s only loss, so it’s definitely a quality win. Three Power Five victories this early into the season is nothing to scoff at.
On the other side, the Vols have been playing this tournament without Josiah-Jordan James, who is day to day. Uros Plavsic, their center, has also been banged up, although he’s played the whole tournament. They have one bad loss, to the Colorado Buffaloes in Nashville, but this tournament so far has offset that.
Given those injuries, it’s hard to see why the Vols are favored in this one. Honestly, their offense has been inconsistent, and without James, they won’t have the defense to stop Kansas, so take Kansas +1.5. Issues on offense by UT is why it hits the Under 133. The score will look something like this: Kansas 67 Tennessee 60.
After this game, Tennessee basketball gets a bit of a break before returning home to face the McNeese State Cowboys next Wednesday. Kansas, meanwhile, has a bit more quick of a turnaround, as they will face the Texas Southern Jaguars at home Monday.