Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: game preview

The Tennessee Volunteers (19-10, 10-5) come home to Thompson-Boling for their last home game of the season Sunday at high noon against the Alabama Crimson Tide (16-13, 6-9). The NCAA bid that seemed like a stretch a mere two weeks ago is pretty much in the bag now, but this game could do wonders from a consistency, confidence, momentum, and seeding standpoint, and gives fans the opportunity to show their appreciation for the team's persistence through a challenging season.

Observations from the stats

From looking at the numbers, Alabama appears to be better on defense and from behind the arc on offense, but the stats, of course, don't account for trends, and the Vols are improving on both counts. There does appear to be some blockers and thieves in Crimson, though, so watch out for them.

Tide players to watch

JaMychal Green is the block shot specialist, averaging 1.6 of Alabama's 4.7 per game.

Senario Hillman is the burglar, averaging nearly two steals per game. He's also a speedy, short guard, just so you know.

Other Stuff

KenPom's prediction: Tennessee wins, 80-68 , with an 86% chance of closing out the regular season with a home court victory.

The line ups

Tennessee logo
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
C 4 Wayne Chism
6-9
242
Jr.
13.3
8.1
1.3
F 1 Tyler Smith
6-7
215
Jr.
17.3
5.8
3.6
G 30 J.P. Prince
6-7
205
Jr.
9.9
4.1
3.1
G 32 Scotty Hopson
6-7
185
Fr.
9.3
2.5
1.2
G 3 Bobby Maze
6-2
185
Jr.
8.6
2.4
3.2
Alabama logo
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
F 40 Justin Knox
6-9
240
So.
5.8
5.2
0.5
F 32 JaMychal Green
6-9
220
Fr.
10.2
7.4
0.7
G 21 Senario Hillman
6-1
192
So.
13.2
2.6
2.2
G 12 Alonzo Gee
6-6
219
Sr.
15.0
7.3
1.3
G 2 Mikhail Torrance
6-5
210
Jr.
9.4
2.4
2.3

The stats

KEY STATS COMPARISON
Tennessee logo
Alabama logo
Category
Rank
Actual
Rank
Actual
Scoring Offense
22
78.7
82
73.6
Scoring Defense
282
72.7
219
69.9
Scoring Margin
68
6.0
121
3.8
Field-Goal Percentage
77
45.9
141
44.3
Field-Goal Percentage Defense
230
44.4
54
40.8
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game
138
6.6
271
5.0
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage
248
31.7
199
33.2
Three Pt FG Defense
184
34.4
48
31.8
Free-Throw Percentage
199
68.0
160
69.2
Rebound Margin
52
3.9
83
2.9
Assists Per Game
19
16.3
268
11.5
Assist Turnover Ratio
26
1.23
261
0.81
Blocked Shots Per Game
103
3.8
41
4.7
Steals Per Game
169
6.6
85
7.5
Turnovers Per Game
119
13.2
188
14.2
Turnover Margin
74
1.8
134
0.4
Personal Fouls Per Game
223
19.1
75
17.1

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH Tennessee logo
Alabama logo
Category Player Rank Actual Player Rank Actual
Points PG Tyler Smith
95
17.3
     
FG%  
     
3-Point FG PG  
     
3-Point FG%  
     
FT %  
     
Rebounds PG Wayne Chism
75
8.1
     
Assists PG  
     
Blocks PG  
JaMychal Green
90
1.6
Steals PG  
Senario Hillman
97
1.8
Assist-TO
Ratio
Bobby Maze
80
1.92
     
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