ASA play on: Kansas +2.5 over Tennessee
Tennessee will head into the matchup with Kansas on the heels of a 56-53 home win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs at home as a -9.5 favorite. Tennessee pulled off the win despite shooting just 37.0 percent from the field and hit only 3 of 19 shots from long distance. We are not overly impressed with the Vols body of work as their best home win came by just 5-points against Arkansas who is ranked significantly lower than this Kansas team. The Jayhawks are coming off a tough stretch of games with a 1-3 SU record but the three losses came at Oklahoma State, at Baylor and at Oklahoma who are all ranked 33rd or higher per KenPom. Despite playing the 3rd toughest schedule in college basketball the Jayhawks are 33rd in offensive efficiency and averaging 74.4PPG. KU has faced 4 defenses ranked in the top 15 in offensive efficiency and 8 in the top 40. The Vols are 297th in the nation in 3-point percentage defense so expect the Jayhawks to get plenty of wide-open looks in this Big12/SEC showdown. Tennessee is just 1-5 ATS their last six against a team with an above .500 record. Kansas was just a 1-point favorite at Oklahoma who rates similarly to Tennessee and now they are getting +2.5 here. Take the dog!