On the heels of a tough road loss to a top 10 team in the Arizona Wildcats this past weekend, Tennessee basketball is back home for its final matchup before Christmas. With a 9-2 record, it’s also their final matchup before they begin SEC play.
The Vols, ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the Coaches Poll, welcome the Austin Peay Governors to town. They dropped two and four spots respectively in those polls after that 75-70 loss at Arizona Saturday. Arizona is up to No. 5 in both polls.
Austin Peay comes into this game at 6-6 and on the heels of a 68-60 loss to the Murray State Racers on the road last Friday. However, they won three straight before that. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee basketball’s matchup.
Austin Peay Governors at Tennessee Volunteers
Wednesday, Dec. 21 | 6 p.m. ET | Thompson-Boling Arena | Knoxville, Tenn.
- TV: SEC Network+
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); ESPN 104.1 FM/540 AM (Clarksville, Tenn.)
- Listen online: UTSports; ESPN Clarksville online
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -27.5
- Over/Under: 127.5
- Moneyline: N/A
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Led by second-year head coach Nate James, Austin Peay returns four of its top five rotational players, including its two leading scorers, from last year’s team that went 12-17. They also added Ole Miss Rebels transfer Shon Robinson, but he hasn’t played since November.
With or without Robinson, this is a team that has a lot of chemistry and stands to only get better as the season goes on. They’ll obviously take this game in Knoxville a lot more seriously than the Vols will, so Rick Barnes’ kids need to be ready.
Last week’s loss at Arizona snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Vols, including two wins over top 25 opponents. However, they haven’t been fully healthy yet, and Josiah-Jordan James missed Saturday night’s matchup, so time off after this is very welcome.
After this game, Tennessee basketball is off for a week before its SEC opener, a home game with the Ole Miss Rebels. Austin Peay, meanwhile, is off for eight days before beginning ASUN play on the road against the Queens Royals.