[ABC-TV] Purdue vs Tennessee: Live Stream (NCAA men's basketball Online 2019)
The Purdue Boilermakers and Tennessee Volunteers are in familiar territory in reaching the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, though both programs have struggled to take the next step.
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One is guaranteed to do so Thursday night at 7:29 p.m. ET when they meet in a South Regional semifinal at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. Second-seeded Tennessee squandered a 25-point lead against Iowa in the second round, but prevailed 83-77 in overtime on Sunday. Purdue, the No. 3 seed, dominated from the outset in an 87-61 second-round victory over defending champion Villanova. The Volunteers are 1.5-point sportsbook favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 146.5 in the latest Purdue vs. Tennessee odds. Before you make your Purdue vs. Tennessee picks, see the 2019 Sweet 16 predictions from SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel.A Nevada-based expert with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics. He has had another standout season in college basketball, hitting better than 60 percent of his point-spread picks for SportsLine members heading into the NCAA Tournament 2019. Anyone who has followed his is way up.What's more, he has had a particularly keen eye for the tendencies of these two programs, posting a stellar record of 13-3 on picks involving Purdue or Tennessee the past two seasons, which includes a 6-0 mark on the Volunteers. For example, he told SportsLine members that Tennessee (+2.5) would give an inspired performance against rival Kentucky in the SEC Tournament semis. The result: the Volunteers battled back from a late seven-point deficit to prevail 82-78, and anyone who followed Nagel's advice booked an easy winner.Now, Nagel has locked in on Purdue vs. Tennessee from every angle and released a confident against the spread pick that's only available at SportsLine.Nagel knows the Volunteers are eager to move on to the Elite Eight for the second time this decade with what is arguably the most talented team in the program's history. Last year, they were they were stopped in the second round on a buzzer-beater by Final Four Cinderella Loyola-Chicago.Tennessee knocked off a stubborn Colgate club in the first round before it withstood some serious adversity against Iowa. The Volunteers appeared headed to a blowout, but Iowa's offense caught fire in the second half and the Hawkeyes managed to force overtime. SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams had six of his 19 points in a decisive overtime spurt that put the game away. Admiral Schofield added 19 points and five boards.Still, the Volunteers are far from assured of covering the Tennessee vs. Purdue spread and advancing in the 2019 NCAA bracket.The Boilermakers were upset by Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament, but they have looked poised in two dominant outings in the NCAA Tournament. They have been particularly efficient on the defensive end, allowing 109 combined points to Old Dominion and Villanova.They also welcomed the sight of junior star Carsen Edwards breaking free of a recent shooting slump with a career-high 42 points against the Wildcats. He made nine 3-pointers and all nine of his free throws. Center Matt Haarms added punch inside with 18 points and nine rebounds. We can tell you Nagel is leaning under, but his stronger play is on the spread. He has scoured this matchup and unearthed the critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.