Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky Prediction
Should No. 18 Kentucky have any trouble with Vanderbilt when the Commodores come to Lexington tonight at 8:30PM ET?
747 Vanderbilt vs. 748 Kentucky
Saturday, January 12, 2019
8:30PM ET – Rupp Arena
TV: SEC Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Kentucky is heavily favored at home, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -13 points against Vanderbilt. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 151.5 points. The public betting currently has 58 percent going on Kentucky at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Vanderbilt on losing streak
The Commodores have lost two straight, falling to Ole Miss and Georgia over the last week. They have also failed to cover in four of their last five games. Vandy is 9-5 on the season, 0-2 in the SEC, 1-1 on the road, 5-9 against the spread and 7-5-1 with the under.
Vanderbilt is putting up 80.6 points per game on offense this season while the defense is giving up 71.9 per game. The team suffered a big blow early in the year when Darius Garland suffered a season-ending knee injury. Garland was averaging 16.2 points per game. Simisola Shittu is leading the team this season with 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Saben Lee is adding 12.2 points per game.
Kentucky bounces back
The Wildcats are coming off an 85-74 win over Texas A&M at home on Tuesday. Kentucky had lost last weekend at Alabama and the Wildcats have failed to cover in both games. Kentucky is now 11-3 on the season, 1-1 in the SEC, 9-0 at home, 6-8 against the spread and 7-7 with the over/under total.
Kentucky is putting up 82.6 points per game on offense this season while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor. Defensively, the Wildcats are giving up 70.3 points per game, but they allow opponents to shoot 38.8 percent from the arc. Keldon Johnson is leading the team with 15.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while Reid Travis and Tyler Herro is adding 13.8 points per game.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Commodores are 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven SEC games.
The Wildcats are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 SEC games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games against a winning team.
Kentucky has won four straight against Vandy, but the Commodores have covered the spread in four of their last five against the Wildcats. However, Vanderbilt has been struggling in SEC play. The Commodores lost by 19 at Georgia and by 10 at home against Ole Miss. The Wildcats are much stronger teams than them in terms of athleticism and talent. Kentucky should be able to start fast and roll to a lopsided win.
College Basketball Prediction: Kentucky -13