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Tennessee vs. Purdue 2024 Elite Eight Odds and Preview

By Hank Blaine

In a rarity for this year’s NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, the top seeds battle it out on Easter Sunday for the right to head to the Final Four. 1-seed Purdue is a tepid -3.5 favorite versus SEC squad Tennessee in what should be an excellent game between the guard-heavy Vols and the big man Zach Edey-led Boilermakers. Which team gets it done and stamps their ticket to the 2024 Final Four? Check out 2024 March Madness odds, analysis, and free picks for Purdue versus Tennessee.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Purdue Boilermakers 2024 March Madness Elite Eight Game Information

Why Bet on the Tennessee Volunteers?

The Volunteers ended their regular season losing two straight games, 73-56 versus Mississippi State and 85-81 against Kentucky. But the Vols picked their game up big time in the NCAA Tournament, beating St. Peters, outlasting Texas, and then getting by the Creighton Bluejays.

The win over Creighton is particularly telling because the Bluejays couldn’t handle Tennessee’s speed. The Volunteers play a 4-guard lineup and although Creighton has great guards, the 4- guard lineup exposed Creighton’s slow frontcourt. Purdue may struggle against Tennessee’s guard speed, which could lead to a Vols straight up victory.

Why Bet on the Purdue Boilermakers?

Although Purdue won’t be as fast as Tennessee, it may not matter. The issue the Volunteers will have against Purdue is that the Boilermakers can play any style.

Purdue mustn’t lean on Edey for points this season, which means the big man doesn’t have to hustle up and down the court. Edey could man the middle on defense all game long. Then when Purdue gets the ball, if there’s no chance for an easy bucket, the will take their time to set up the great passing big man on the blocks. Edey’s game has gotten a lot better from last season, which makes Purdue, along with UConn, the team to beat to win the 2024 NCAAB National Championship.

Tennessee vs. Purdue State Betting Trends

  • Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games.
  • Volunteers are 7-0 SU in its last 7 games.
  • The total went over in 10 of Tennessee’s last 15 games.
  • Purdue is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 games.
  • Boilermakers are 5-1 SU in its last 6 games.
  • The total went under in 4 of Purdue’s last 6 games played on a Friday when at home.

Tennessee vs. Purdue 2024 Elite Eight Expert Prediction

This game comes down to a contrast in styles. Tennessee wants to speed the game and take good shots before Purdue can set their defense.

That may not be possible in this game because although Purdue is slower, they play with three guards that can run with Tennessee’s four guards. The difference and this is huge, is that Trey Kaufman-Renn acts more as a swing than a traditional forward, meaning he can handle the rock if required.

Edey doesn’t have to be in the game for Purdue to win. Yes, Zach scored 27 against Gonzaga, but that’s because Purdue has a knack of forcing you to play their style. Tennessee will struggle with Edey’s height, everyone does. Purdue is the play to win and cover.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.

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