The No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers will take on the USC Trojans at 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Imperial Arena in Nassau for the 2022 Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals. Tennessee went 27-8 a season ago and is off to a 3-1 start this year while USC went 26-8 and is 4-1 so far in 2022-23. The Volunteers are coming off a 71-45 rout of Butler on Wednesday while USC snuck by BYU 82-76.
USC is 2-6 against the spread in its last eight games while Tennessee is 6-3 in its last nine against the number. The Volunteers are favored by 8.5 points in the latest Tennessee vs. USC odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over/under is set at 138.5. Before making any USC vs. Tennessee picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Tennessee vs. USC spread: Tennessee -8.5
- Tennessee vs. USC over/under: 138.5 points
- Tennessee vs. USC money line: Tennessee -440, USC +340
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What you need to know about Tennessee
Tennessee suffered a tough early-season loss to Colorado where it shot 25.4% from the floor but has now rebounded with dominant performances against FGCU and Butler. Rick Barnes' defense has once again looked stifling, as the Volunteers held the Bulldogs to 31.8% shooting on Wednesday and forced 22 turnovers.
The Volunteers have now forced 78 turnovers in four games this season and have allowed opponents to shoot just 35.4% from the floor on the season. One key injury to watch will be that of Josiah-Jordan James, who missed the Butler game on Wednesday with general knee soreness after undergoing offseason surgery.
What you need to know about USC
The Trojans and the Volunteers have a common opponent in FGCU, only Andy Enfield's squad couldn't sneak past his old program. USC lost 74-61 against the Atlantic Sun program while Tennessee beat them 81-50. However, USC has won four in a row since the season-opening derailment and has played well defensively in the process.
USC is limiting opponents to just 37.3% from the floor and 32.1% from the 3-point line. However, the Trojans have also had shooting woes of their own, as they shoot just 28.9% from beyond the arc. Seniors Boogie Ellis (18.0 ppg) and Drew Peterson (15.8 ppg) are both scoring well for USC but scoring depth may be of concern against a Tennessee squad that can throw a lot of bodies at wing scorers.
How to make USC vs. Tennessee picks
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