Wildcats vs. Tigers Prediction
A battle between ranked teams in the Southeastern Conference is on tap this afternoon as the 12th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats play at the 14th-ranked Auburn Tigers. Are the hosts going to take care of business or is a play on underdog Kentucky the right way to go?
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Auburn Arena at 4PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Tigers are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 147 points. As of Saturday morning, 54 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Kentucky. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Wildcats ease past Bulldogs
Kentucky won its third straight game Tuesday night with a 69-49 victory at Georgia to improve to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the SEC. The Wildcats outscored the hosts 34-18 in the second half to pull away. Ashton Hagans paced Kentucky with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He also notched five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Tyler Herro accounted for 12 points, seven boards and four assists. P.J. Washington added 10 points and six rebounds. The Wildcats shot 28-of-64 from the floor, 4-of-11 from 3-point distance and 9-of-11 at the charity stripe.
Tigers roll at Aggies
Auburn registered an 85-66 win at Texas A&M Wednesday night to move to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in conference action. Bryce Brown led the Tigers with 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting including 5-of-11 from 3-point range plus 3-of-11 at the free throw line. He also recorded three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jared Harper had 17 points, six dimes, three boards and three steals. Anfernee McLemore accounted for 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots off the bench. Chuma Okeke added 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Auburn led 48-32 at halftime and continued to control the action after the break. The Tigers shot 32-of-76 from the field, 13-of-34 from 3-point distance and 8-of-10 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 13-6-ATS in their last 19 games versus a team with a winning straight up record. The over is 9-3 in the last 12 Kentucky games versus the SEC.
The Tigers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight Saturday games. Auburn is 2-5 ATS in its last seven SEC games.
These two teams are pretty fairly matched with the Tigers possessing a top 10 offense nationally, while Kentucky has leaned a little bit more on defense. While home court will certainly help Auburn, it appears the nucleus of the talented Kentucky squad is figuring out its chemistry and starting to play some of its best basketball. Hagans in particular is taking his game to another level and as the catalyst of the Wildcats offense lately, his play can often dictate everything. Look for the Wildcats to keep this one within the number and possibly even steal a victory.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: KENTUCKY WILDCATS +4.5