Tennessee vs Syracuse Odds
Monday, Nov. 20
2:30 p.m. ET
-110o / -110u
-110o / -110u
Below, we have Tennessee vs Syracuse odds and a pick, including a college basketball betting guide on Monday, Nov. 20.
The Maui Invitational is a loaded field, as usual. In a battle of orange, the Tennessee Volunteers hook up with the Syracuse Orange in Honolulu in a 9:30 a.m. local time tip-off.
The winner of this game will face whoever escapes the Purdue/Gonzaga matchup in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Both Tennessee and Syracuse have each started 3-0 on the season and haven’t met since 2002.
The Volunteers sit ninth in the country in KenPom, while Syracuse, in the post Jim Boeheim era, ranks 116th in the nation heading into this tournament.
Tennessee’s offense has clicked so far, topping the 80-point mark in all three victories over Tennessee Tech, Wisconsin and Wofford.
The Volunteers have been good on the defensive end too, owning several stout numbers. Rick Barnes’ team has limited opponents to less than 25% shooting from 3-point range and hasn’t given up more than 70 points in any game.
The Vols’ signature victory came at Wisconsin as three-point favorites. Tennessee led the entire game and hit 59% of its 2-point attempts. Dalton Knecht led the Vols with 24 points.
Only three Volunteers scored in double figures in an 82-61 home win over Wofford, but seven players put up at least seven points, highlighted by Knecht’s 18 points. Tennessee opened things up in the second half by outscoring the Terriers, 46-30. However, the Vols failed to cover as heavy 31-point favorites.
Last season, the Vols compiled a 3-6 ATS record in neutral-site games, but Tennessee won its Thanksgiving week tournament by capturing the Battle 4 Atlantis title against Kansas.
Eventually Boeheim was going to hang it up, and he did so before this season after 47 years at the helm. Former Syracuse guard Adrian Autry succeeded Boeheim and is looking to bring the Orange back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2021.
Syracuse has won all three games it’s played this season, but has failed to cover the spread each time.
The Orange jumped out to a 32-9 lead in the opener against New Hampshire, but couldn’t grab the cover as 18-point favorites in an 83-72 victory.
In their second game against state rival Canisius, the Orange led from wire-to-wire as they picked up an 89-77 triumph. However, Syracuse failed to cash again as 13.5-point favorites, even though Judah Mintz scored a season-high 26 points.
The biggest scare came from Patriot League power Colgate, which built a 24-point second half lead last Tuesday. Syracuse rallied to outscore Colgate 49-21 in the final 16 minutes for an improbable 79-75 victory.
The Orange couldn’t pull out the unlikely cover as seven-point favorites, falling to 1-7 ATS in their last eight regular season games.
We’ll see what Syracuse is made of in this tournament before it travels to Virginia for its ACC opener in a few weeks.
Tennessee vs. Syracuse
Betting Pick & Prediction
Tennessee, once again, has Final Four aspirations and should be in the SEC title mix this season.
Although Syracuse still has work to do to climb back towards the top of the ACC, this seems like too many points to pass up with the Orange, especially in a game with this early of a tip-off.
Let’s back Syracuse with the points and play it to +12.
Pick: Syracuse +13.5 (Play to +12)
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