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Posted at 1:15 PM EST.
1:00 PM EST. It's been written that motivation for the Volunteers will come from this squad’s opportunity to overtake Auburn for the SEC regular-season title, but too much would have to fall into place with very little time for that to happen. The Vols would have to run the table while also needing the Tigers to stumble as well. With three games left including two on the road, that is an unlikely proposition. Six teams trail the 10-5 Vols at 8-7, but they hold a similar advantage over those schools as Auburn does them. Tennessee's second-place standing in the SEC is all but official, and the same can be said about its dance card, which will be full come March. The Vols are penciled into a #3 seed on CBS's Bracketology breakdown so not even a one-and-done in the conference tourney will prevent the Volunteers from feeling the Madness for the first time since 2014. The Vols are coming off a huge home win over rival Florida, which might be enough to satisfy them until they host Georgia for senior day next Saturday. There is no need for Tennessee to go full throttle down the stretch with such a long grind ahead.
Ole Miss is playing for pride, but the chance to knock off a ranked conference opponent at home on a Saturday is always an appealing proposition. The Pavilion at Ole Miss is sold out for this rematch that saw the Rebels get blasted 94-61 up in Knoxville just three weeks ago. That lopsided result will surely influence a market that often overvalues ranked teams facing unranked competition. We absolutely like the spot for the host and we also like that the Rebels have suddenly decided to play since coach Andy Kennedy's resignation. A strong push from the home side should not only be enough to cover this number but win this game outright and that’s how we’re playing it.
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#540 MISSISSIPPI +148 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.96)