Three days after a dominating 94-40 win over the Alcorn State Braves, Tennessee basketball takes the court again for its third and final home game against a lesser tier opponent. This is right before the Vols begin a two-game brutal stretch against Power Five opponents.
Ranked No. 7 in both polls, UT welcomes the Eastern Kentucky Colonels into town. Rick Barnes’ team comes into this outing on a six-game winning streak and will be pushing the top five if they can win their next two, including one against a ranked team after this one.
Eastern Kentucky comes into this game on the heels of a 97-80 loss to the James Madison Dukes last Friday. That was their first game since before Thanksgiving. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee basketball’s matchup.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (4-4) at Tennessee Volunteers (7-1)
Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. ET | Thompson-Boling Arena | Knoxville, Tenn.
- TV: SEC Network
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); EKU Sports Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Listen online: UTSports; EKUSports
Gambling odds according to FanDuel
- Line: -28.5
- Over/Under: 143.5
- Moneyline: N/A
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Led by fifth-year head coach A.W. Hamilton, Eastern Kentucky returns three starters from last year’s team that went 13-18 last year. They also added Western Kentucky Hilltoppers transfer Isaiah Cozart and freshman Tayshawn Comer, who have been effective.
Speaking of WKU, they only lost to that team 66-60 earlier in the year, and they beat the Georgia State Panthers on the road. They also have a red-hot offense that’s in the top 20 scoring and hits over 10 three-pointers a game, so they are dangerous.
On the other side, the Vols’ offense has come and gone, but their defense has been dominant. They got Josiah-Jordan James back Sunday for the first time since before the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, but they were without Santiago Vescovi. Each player’s status is still up in the air.
After this game, Tennessee basketball heads to New York to face the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday and will visit the Arizona Wildcats the following Saturday. Western Kentucky will next host the Boyce College Bulldogs this Saturday before visiting the Northern Kentucky Norse a week from this game.