Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Pick
Can No. 21 Kentucky cover as a small road favorite when the Wildcats take on struggling Vanderbilt today at 4PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kentucky is the slim favorite on the road, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -2 points against Vandy. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 145.5 points. Today’s game will take place from Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee and air live on ESPN.
Kentucky is coming off a narrow 74-73 win over Texas A&M at home earlier this week for its fourth win in five games. The Wildcats are 13-3 overall, 3-1 in the SEC and 7-9 against the spread. UK is averaging 78.6 points per game on offense while allowing 69.8 per game on defense. Kevin Knox is leading Kentucky with 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Hamidou Diallo is adding 14 points per contest.
Vanderbilt is coming off a 92-84 loss at home to Tennessee for its third loss in four games. The Commodores are 6-10 overall, 1-3 in the SEC and just 1-12 against the spread. Vandy is averaging 71.8 points per game this season while allowing 71.1 per game on defense. Jeff Roberson is leading Vandy with 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Matthew Fisher-Davis is adding 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.
Kentucky has won five of its last six meetings with Vanderbilt, but the Commodores are 8-1-1 against the spread in the last 10 encounters. While that record is impressive, I think it’s negatively impacting the line for Vandy today. The Commodores are a mess at the betting window and this game is essentially a pick ‘em. Kentucky isn’t a consistent team, but the Wildcats have far more talent and can certainly win this game. The public betting is heavily with Kentucky today as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: KENTUCKY -2