Coming off an 84-49 win over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels last Wednesday, Tennessee basketball is back on the road for the first time since winning the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship. Like that game, the Vols will face a ranked team.
Rick Barnes’ team, ranked No. 7 in both polls, will face the Maryland Terrapins in New York City for the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. UT comes in on a seven-game winning streak. Their last outing against a top 25 team was a 64-50 win over the No. 3 ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
Maryland, meanwhile, comes in ranked No. 13 in both polls. They most recently lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 64-59 on Tuesday. They scored a huge win over the Illinois Fighting Illini the previous Friday. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee basketball’s matchup.
- TV: FS1
- Live stream: FOX Sports online
- Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Maryland Sports Radio Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Listen online: UTSports; UMTerps
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -5.5
- Over/Under: 134.5
- Moneyline: Tennessee -245; Maryland +198
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Led by first-year head coach Kevin Willard, the Terps return two starters from last year’s team that went 15-17 as they moved on from 10-year head coach Mark Turgeon midseason. However, they added two transfers, and Hakim Hart has been a breakout star.
As a result, this team has truly embraced Willard’s style of play, and as a result, they’ve had a strong start to the season. Sure, they lost to Wisconsin, but that’s not a bad loss given the fact that it was a Big Ten matchup on the road.
On the other side, the Vols have dealt with some early-season injuries but have still been very effective. They haven’t allowed a team to score more than 50 on them over their past four games. Still, Josiah-Jordan James and Santiago Vescovi have both missed action over the past week and a half, and Uros Plavsic has been banged up.
After this game, Maryland returns home for another top 25 matchup against the UCLA Bruins this Wednesday. Tennessee basketball, meanwhile, will next visit the Arizona Wildcats this Saturday for another ranked matchup. That could be a top 10 matchup as well.