The Tennessee Volunteers and Creighton Bluejays will face off in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Tennessee survived one of its worst shooting performances of the season against Texas to secure their spot in the Sweet 16. Creighton, on the other hand, found its way out of an absolute dogfight with Oregon, pulling away in double overtime 86-73. Assuming both Creighton can continue their hot shooting and Tennessee continues their tough defense, it could be difficult to make a Tennessee vs Creighton prediction. 

Below, we will preview this Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament college basketball game, providing data, trends and analysis. Which school will win and keep their hopes of winning the championship trophy alive?

Tennessee vs Creighton Prediction and Sweet 16 March Madness Picks

2024 NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16
No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers (26-8) vs. No. 3 Creighton Bluejays (25-9)
Date: Friday, March 29, 2024
Time: 10:09 PM EST
Venue: Little Caesars Arena — Detroit, MI
Coverage: TBS/TruTV

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Tennessee vs Creighton March Madness Odds

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

Moneyline: TENN: (-149) | CREI: (+124)
Point Spread: TENN: -2.5 (-110) | CREI: +2.5 (-110)
Total: 144 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

KenPom Rankings | Bracketology

KenPom Rankings are from

Tennessee8116.4 (29)89.9 (3)69.3 (78)
Creighton11120.2 (11)96.3 (23)66.9 (227)
  • Tennessee is 12-4 in non-conference college basketball games.
  • Creighton is 11-3 in non-conference college basketball games. 
  • Tennessee is 16-16 against the spread this year. 
  • Creighton is 16-15-1 against the spread this year. 
  • Tennessee is seeking its second Elite Eight appearance in school history.
  • Creighton is seeking its third Elite Eight appearance in school history.

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Tennessee vs Creighton Prediction | March Madness Sweet 16 Picks

This game provides a perfect opportunity for Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes to expel some of his demons from past struggles in the NCAA Tournament. Barnes has coached some great teams over the years yet has just a 29-27 tournament record and just one Final Four appearance. Once again, he has a great defensive team and the offense is led by one of the best scorers in the country, Dalton Knecht. The Volunteers will need more from him and the offense in this game though as Tennessee shot just 33% from the field and 12% from deep.

On the other side, the Creighton Bluejays have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Their starting lineup is widely regarded as one of, if not the best, starting lineups in the NCAA. The big issue for Creighton is their lack of depth and production from their bench. Across two games, their “Big Three” of Ryan Kalkbrenner, Baylor Scheierman, and Trey Alexander average over 44 minutes per game. While their double overtime game certainly inflates those numbers, it’s clear that they need high production and a lot of minutes out of their starters.

This will be a different challenge for both teams. Creighton’s offense and size is one Tennessee hasn’t seen before and Tennessee’s defense is likely the best Creighton’s faced all season. With the way Tennessee’s defense has played, Creighton will need to hit contested shots at a high rate, unless they can find a way to stop Knecht. If Knecht gets hot, Tennessee’s defense will be hard for the Bluejays to overcome. For our Sweet 16 Tennessee vs Creighton prediction, we are picking the Tennessee Volunteers to win and move on in the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule

Thursday, March 28th

Arizona vs Clemson (7:09 PM EST)

UConn vs San Diego State (7:39 PM)

North Carolina vs Alabama (9:39 PM)

Iowa State vs Illinois (10:09 PM)

Friday, March 29th

Marquette vs NC State (7:09 PM EST)

Purdue vs Gonzaga (7:39 PM)

Houston vs Duke (9:39 PM)

Tennessee vs Creighton (10:09 PM)

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