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Butler vs Tennessee: How to watch, odds, predictions from ESPN, KenPom

Article written by:On3 imageJames Fletcher III


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Tennessee basketball continues its non-conference schedule with a multi-team event in the Bahamas which will allow the Volunteers to face three teams in three days, that journey starts on Wednesday with a night-cap matchup against Butler. Ahead of the game, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2, predictions and betting odds – including KenPom analytics – are rolling in.

How to watch Butler vs. Tennessee

Tip-off: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Imperial Arena in Nassau, Bahamas

Channel: ESPN2

Vegas odds

Tennessee is a 7.5-point favorite over Butler on Wednesday, according to VegasInsider. The over-under is set at 136.5 points.

ESPN BPI prediction

Predicted winner: Tennessee

Predicted point differential: 6.2

Win probability (for Tennessee): 71.9%

Matchup quality: 82.6

ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a tool that measures team strength and uses that to predict outcomes of future performances. ESPN’s BPI has Butler vs Tennessee ranked as the seventh highest-rated game on Wednesday’s slate in terms of matchup quality.

KenPom prediction

Predicted final score: Tennessee 76, Butler 64

Win probability (for Tennessee): 86%

KenPom is another tool that provides advanced analysis across college basketball. Like ESPN, KenPom projects that Tennessee comes away with a victory over Butler.

More on Butler vs Tennessee

As Tennessee continues working through its non-conference schedule, the preseason Top 25 group has found more chemistry with a combination of new and returning players. The addition of scoring guard Tyreke Key and freshman forward Julian Phillips in the lineup have complemented the likes of Santiago Vescovi and Josiah-Jordan James.

The Volunteers enter the day 2-1 after a shocking upset loss against Colorado spoiled the opening weeks of the season. They have plenty more opportunities to build the resume back up, starting this week in t he Bahamas with potential Top 25 games on the horizon.

The winner of Butler vs Tennessee will face the winner of BYU vs USC on Thursday, with the losers meeting on the opposite side of the bracket.