The Tennessee Volunteers will be put on a real test when they host the undefeated Arizona Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN, on December 22, 2021.
- Tennessee Volunteers vs Arizona Wildcats
- League: NCAA Basketball
- Date – 22/12/2021
- Starting time – 9 PM ET
- Venue: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Volunteers Stats & Form
The No. 18 Tennessee Volunteers are having a decent season so far standing first in the Southeastern Conference with an 8-2 record. Their only two losses of the season came against No. 5 Villanova and surprisingly in overtime against Texas Tech.
They are coming into the game against Arizona off a one-week break since their game against the Memphis Tigers was postponed.
In the last game, the Volunteers defeated the South Carolina Upstate Spartans 96-52. The Volunteers scored the first 13 points of the game and weren’t challenged the rest of the way.
Olivier Nkamhoua scored 21 points to lead Tennessee to their second win in a row. Nkamhoua, a 6-foot-8 junior who also had eight rebounds, is working to establish himself as an inside threat within Tennessee’s deep lineup.
Kennedy Chandler had 15 points and 10 assists to help the Vols, while John Fulkerson contributed 12 points. Tennessee shot 56% from the field and 44% from the 3-point line.
Tennessee scores 78.5 points per game while allowing 57.9. Kennedy Chandler is the leading scorer with 14.6 points per game.
Tennessee Volunteers News
Tennessee is 11-6 at home against top 30 KenPom teams over the past five seasons. Thompson-Boling Arena is the fourth-largest arena in the country, seating 21,678 fans that will be ready to see their team in action after the ordeal with Memphis this past Saturday.
Arizona Wildcats Stats & Form
The Arizona Wildcats are undefeated in the first 11 games of the season and are ranked third in the PAC-12 Conference.
Their most notable victory so far in the season is against the Michigan Wolverines 80-62. The closest Arizona was to losing was on November 20, when they needed an overtime against the Wichita State Shockers.
Most recently, the Wildcats defeated the California Baptist Lancers 84-60.
Arizona had a great shooting night making 50.8% of their field goals and 40.9% of their three-point attempts.
Lithuanian forward Azuolas Tubelis led the way with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bennedict Mathurin had 14 while Christian Koloko added 12 points.
The Wildcats score the best in the country 91 points per contest allowing only 62.8 to their opponents as they shoot 49.7% from the field for the season.
Mathurin is the team’s leading scorer with 17.4 points per game.
Arizona Wildcats News
This year the Wildcats are led by international players. Canadian Bennedict Mathurin, Lithuanian Azuolas Tubelis and Cameroonian Christian Koloko have proven as great prospects who make things easy for coach Tommy Lloyd who is leading his team to the best start in the past decade.
Tennessee Volunteers vs Arizona Wildcats Head-to-Head Stats
The only time Tennessee and Arizona met was back in 1998 when the Wildcats won 73-72.
Tennessee Volunteers vs Arizona Wildcats Betting Odds
The Tennessee Volunteers are slight favorites going into tonight’s game with -136 odds to win while the Arizona Wildcats are at 110.
The total point margin is set at 149.5 with both ways at -110.
The Tennessee Volunteers are having a good season especially at home but they still haven’t faced a team like the Wildcats. Arizona has been dominant the whole season winning by 20+ on average. The Wildcats will not have an easy task when they visit Knoxville but will continue their winning run.