/Tennessee vs. Cincinnati odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 12 predictions from proven simulation
Tennessee vs. Cincinnati odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 12 predictions from proven simulation

Tennessee vs. Cincinnati odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 12 predictions from proven simulation

The No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers will play just their second game of the season on Saturday when they meet the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats in a key non-conference matchup. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Volunteers (1-0) have had a number of games postponed or cancelled. Tennessee finally was able to tip off its season on Tuesday when it defeated Colorado 56-47. Cincinnati (2-1), meanwhile, is coming off a 78-73 victory over Furman on Wednesday.

Tip-off from Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., is set for 12:30 p.m. ET. Cincinnati leads the all-time series 6-1, including a 2-1 edge in games played at Knoxville. The Volunteers are seven-point favorites in the latest Tennessee vs. Cincinnati odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 132. Before locking in any Cincinnati vs. Tennessee picks, check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 5-1 on all its top-rated picks and returning over $400. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Tennessee vs. Cincinnati. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Cincinnati vs. Tennessee:

  • Tennessee vs. Cincinnati spread: Tennessee -7
  • Tennessee vs. Cincinnati over-under: 132 points
  • UC: The Bearcats are 43-51 against current teams in the Southeastern Conference
  • UT: Senior forward John Fulkerson is 351 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career

Latest Odds:


Why Tennessee can cover

In six seasons under coach Rick Barnes, the Volunteers have posted a 106-64 mark, and have won 77 percent of their games as a ranked team, going 56-17. Tennessee had two players score in double figures in the win over Colorado — sophomore guard Santiago Vescovi and redshirt senior John Fulkerson, both with 11 points. Fulkerson started all 31 games last season for the Volunteers, averaging 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He hit 61.2 percent of his field goals and 74.8 percent of his free throws.

Vescovi averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 assists per game a year ago, playing and starting in Tennessee’s final 19 games. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 18 of his 20 career games. His six 3-pointers against LSU last season were the most-ever 3-point makes by a Volunteer in his debut game. Vescovi dished out a team-high five assists in the season-opening win over the Buffaloes.

Why Cincinnati can cover

The Bearcats went 2-3 against ranked opponents last season, posting home wins over Tennessee and Houston, who were both ranked 21st in The Associated Press poll when they visited Cincinnati. The Bearcats are led by senior guard Keith Williams, who is averaging 17.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and two assists per game. Against Furman, he scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds with a pair of blocked shots. In four seasons at Cincinnati, Williams has played in 101 games with 64 starts.

Junior guard David DeJulius is also averaging in double digits at 10.3 points per game, including 6.7 rebounds and five assists. He is hitting on 43.5 percent of his field goals and is 90 percent from the free throw line. DeJulius’ best game was against Xavier on Dec. 6, when he poured in 16 points, while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out six assists.

How to make Tennessee vs. Cincinnati picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says Cincinnati’s DeJulius will score nearly six points fewer than his average, while Tennessee’s John Fulkerson will score seven points, four points fewer than he had in the season opener. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Cincinnati vs. Tennessee? And which side of the spread that cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Tennessee vs. Cincinnati spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up nearly $2,700 on its college basketball picks the last four years, and find out.