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The No.3 ranked Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team will be taking on the unranked Alabama Crimson Tide this Saturday in an SEC matchup. Tip-off is set for 2 Knoxville.

Led by former SEC player of the year Grant Williams and senior Admiral Schofield, Tennessee is shooting an impressive 58.2 for two-point shots.

The Lady Vols led by one on two occasions and out-rebounded Alabama 12 to nine in the opening quarter, but the Crimson Tide rode three-of-six shooting from behind the arc and a 52.9 field goal percentage to a 22-18 lead by the end of the first stanza.

Alabama (11-5, 2-2) will look to follow up a nice conference win over Missouri on Wednesday. The Volunteers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

The Crimson Tide haven't shown much offensively but they do provide secret weapons we are starting to see.

The Vols average 87.1 points per game and keep their foes at just 66.5 points per game.

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The Bama offense is a very diverse group that likes to share the ball around. Tennessee has clearly established themselves as one of the best teams in all of College Basketball and has been dominant on both sides of the ball this season as they now rank 8th in scoring offense, 2nd in FG%, and 7th in defensive FG%.

Many people believe that Tennessee deserves the number one ranking, but Duke and Zion Williamson stand in front of them.

With Duke facing No. 4 ranked Virginia this week, this game versus Alabama is a must win for Tennessee. Tennessee should win and the Vols will probably win big, just as they have throughout the entire season.

If Avery Johnson and his team want to leave victorious, we are going to have to see the same pressure on defense and aggressiveness on offense we have seen in the past couple of games.

Tennessee has been unbelievable against the spread as of late and has certainly established themselves as one of the best teams in the country, however, this is a bunch of points to cover against one of the few teams in the country that can match the Volunteers athleticism.