Tennessee vs San Diego St: Odds & Prediction

March 18th, 2010
Mar 18 2010 - 9:55pm

Team Previews: #6 Tennessee  --  #11 San Diego St


Vegas Odds: Tennessee -3.5

Why San Diego St. will win: The Aztec frontcourt will outperform Tennessee’s big men. Malcolm Thomas and Billy White will control the boards as well as combine for at least twenty points while freshman Kawhi Leonard will also produce. And point guard D.J. Gay will navigate Tennessee’s defense without turning the ball over.

Aztec to Watch: G D.J. Gay - 10 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg

Tennessee can still slap a good full-court press on you, making Gay’s job as the point guard extremely important in regards to the Aztecs’ chances of winning. If he can distribute as well as put up some points himself this becomes a game that SDSU is more than capable of winning.

Why Tennessee will win: Wayne Chism and Scotty Hopson will take over the game offensively and J.P. Prince will make smart decisions on that end of the floor. The Volunteers will force turnovers and control the boards against a San Diego State squad that doesn’t lack for size.

Volunteer to Watch: C Wayne Chism - 13 ppg, 7 rpg, 1 apg

The senior needs to play well against a solid San Diego State frontcourt if the Volunteers are to win. Does he have to score 20+ points? No, but he will need to defend and rebound against the likes of Thomas, White and even Brian Carlwell.

How it will go down: Expect late-game dramatics from one of these teams in picking up the win. The pick here is San Diego State with the freshman Leonard having the last word. Aztecs by a basket.

Betting Pick: San Diego St. +3.5

Real Pick: San Diego St.