The Purdue Boilermakers and Tennessee Volunteers will face off in the Elite 8 of the 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament. In the last round, Tennessee used a huge 21-4 run to open the second half to get past Creighton, 82-75. Purdue continued their winning ways with an 80-68 victory over Gonzaga. This is a matchup between two of the best teams in the country, meaning a Purdue vs Tennessee prediction will be difficult to make.

Below, we will preview this Elite 8 NCAA Tournament college basketball game, providing data, trends and analysis. Which school will win and keep their hopes of winning the championship trophy alive?

Purdue vs Tennessee Prediction and Elite 8 March Madness Picks

2024 NCAA Tournament – Elite 8
No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers (32-4) vs. No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers (27-8)
Date: Sunday, March 31, 2024
Time: 2:20 PM EST
Venue: Little Caesars Arena — Detroit, MI
Coverage: CBS

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Purdue vs Tennessee March Madness Odds

All college basketball betting odds for Purdue vs Tennessee can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: PUR: (-164) | TENN: (+137)
Point Spread: PUR: -3.5 (-107) | TENN: +3.5 (-112)
Total: 147.5 — Over: (-115) | Under: (-110)

KenPom Rankings | Bracketology

KenPom Rankings are from

Purdue3126.5 (3)95.5 (17)67.2 (198)
Tennessee6117.1 (28)90.2 (3)69.3 (79)
  • Purdue is 15-1 in non-conference college basketball games.
  • Tennessee is 13-4 in non-conference college basketball games this season. 
  • The OVER is 22-11 in Purdue basketball games this season.
  • The OVER is 16-16 in Tennessee basketball games this season.
  • Purdue is seeking its first Final Four appearance since 1980. 
  • Tennessee is seeking its first Final Four appearance in program history.

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Purdue vs Tennessee Prediction | March Madness Elite 8 Picks

After two dominating victories to start the tournament, many wondered how Purdue would look against their first true challenge in Gonzaga. The game was close until about 12 minutes left in the game. Up just 55-51, Purdue went on a 25-11 run to shut the game down. Once again, the whistle for Zach Edey is going to be the main story, but Purdue was also able to shoot the ball well from deep. Purdue shot 45% from downtown and 57% from the field. Their offense has been great all season, but they will need a full 40-minute performance to beat Tennessee.

After one of their worst offensive performances of the season against Texas, Tennessee turned it up a notch against Creighton. The Volunteers had a run of the ages to start the second half, turning a one-point halftime deficit into a 55-39 lead in the blink of an eye. While they did struggle mightily down the stretch, their defense did enough to get them into the Elite 8.

This is a tough game to predict because neither team has played a complete game yet. Both teams have been streaky at times and it remains to be seen if either team can be trusted. Purdue has played one true opponent and Tennessee has beaten some solid teams, but truly “survived” against Texas. While Tennessee’s defense is good, it’s hard to trust their offense based on recent performances. For our Elite 8 Purdue vs Tennessee prediction, we are picking the Purdue Boilermakers to win and move on in the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

Saturday, March 30th

UConn vs Illinois (6:09 PM EST)

Alabama vs Clemson (8:49 PM EST)

Sunday, March 31st

Purdue vs Tennessee (2:20 PM)

Duke vs NC State (5:05 PM)

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