NCAA Men’s Basketball: Tennessee Volunteers vs Florida Gators- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/19/2021, 1:35 PM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Keon Johnson (45) and forward Uros Plavsic (33) react to a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Men’s basketball returns to action with a huge Southeastern Conference matchup. The Tennessee Volunteers are back on the road as they face the Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at 7 pm EST.

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The Vols have had an excellent start to their season. Although they are currently 10-1, they have played only one game against a ranked opponent, which was the Missouri Tigers.

Tonight, they come in with an edge over the Gators. The Vols have won their last four matchups against them, and so they hold the edge.

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The Gators‘ current record stands at 6-4. They were 5-1 after their first 6 games, but have managed just 1 win in their last 4 games since then.

So the Gators will be aiming to improve tonight, as they hope to avoid their 5th defeat of the season. This is their first matchup with the Vols this season, and they face each other once again a month later.

NCAA Men’s basketball: Can the Volunteers extend their winning run?

The Volunteers signed 4-star prospect Corey Walker Jr, but he has not been able to play a single game due to injury. There is still no confirmed news about his return. But the rest of the team is fit for the game.

The Volunteers will start with Josiah-Jordan James, Santiago Vescovi, and Jaden Springer as their guards, while John Fulkerson and Yves Pons start as their forwards.

Jan 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Victor Bailey Jr. (12) reacts to a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Gators have a few injuries to take care of. Keyontae Johnson is ruled out of the season due to a heart condition while Alex Klatsky, Scottie Lewis, and Colin Castleton are questionable. Castleton is their second-best currently and if he doesn’t return in time, they will be in trouble.

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Their lineup will feature Tyree Appleby, Noah Locke, and Tre Mann as their guards, along with Anthony Duruji and Colin Castleton as their forwards. 

Jan 12, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators forward Anthony Duruji (4) passes the ball against Mississippi Rebels guard Dimencio Vaughn (right) during the first half at Billy Donovan Court at Exactech Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This will be an easy win for the Volunteeers, who come in as the favorites. While they have been solid defensively, ranking as the #2 defense in the country according to KenPom, the Gators are struggling offensively. So this will be a mismatch, and the Vols should be the winners comfortably.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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