Coming off a 76-40 win over the McNeese State Cowboys and currently in the midst of a five-game winning streak, Tennessee basketball takes the court again Sunday afternoon. It’s one of two games at Thompson-Boling Arena, as they will follow the Lady Vols matchup with the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Rick Barnes’ team, ranked No. 13 in both polls, will take on the Alcorn State Braves. This is the second of a three-game home stand for them against lower-level opponents, which followed their Battle 4 Atlantis Championship over a week ago.
Alcorn State comes in on a two-game losing streak and having lost four of five. They most recently lost to the Grand Canyon Antelopes on the road 80-72 last Tuesday. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee basketball’s matchup.
Alcorn State Braves (3-5) at Tennessee Volunteers (6-1)
Sunday, Dec. 4 | 6 p.m. ET | Thompson-Boling Arena | Knoxville, Tenn.
- TV: SEC Network+
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Listen online: UTSports
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -27.5
- Over/Under: 129.5
- Moneyline: N/A
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Led by third-year head coach Landon Bussie, Alcorn State returns five of nine rotational players from last year’s team. However, they have been without two of those five players, Keondre Montgomery and Oddyst Walker, for half the year.
Returning starters Byron Joshua and Dominic Brewton are the two leading scorers, and this team has been dangerous at times. Two of their five losses are to Power Five schools, and four have been on the road. They did beat the Wichita State Shockers earlier in the season.
Despite dominating defensively, the Vols have been playing recently without Josiah-Jordan James, their most versatile defender. When he returns is unclear, but given what they have done without him, this team’s potential is through the roof.
Up next for Tennessee basketball after this game will be a visit from the Eastern Kentucky Colonels Wednesday before they travel to Brooklyn to face the Maryland Terrapins in the Hall of Fame Invitational in a week. Alcorn State’s next game is a trip to the Southern Illinois Salukis this Saturday, so they have a bit of a rest.