Kentucky vs. Tennessee Predictions
Should No. 4 Kentucky experience any turbulence when it hits the road today to face SEC rival, Tennessee, at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kentucky is favored on the road, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -9.5 points against Tennessee. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 166.5 points. Kentucky has won eight of the last 10 in this series, but the Volunteers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six against the Wildcats.
Kentucky is on a 7-game win streak right now to move to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in the SEC. The Wildcats are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four to drop to 12-7 ATS on the season. Kentucky is putting up 92.9 points per game this season while giving up only 72.1 per game. On the road, Kentucky averages 86 points per game on offense while giving up 77.8 on defense. Malik Monk is averaging 21.7 points per game to lead Kentucky this season while De’Aaron Fox is putting up 16.2 points and 6 assists per game. Fox is listed as questionable to play tonight due to an ankle injury while Mychal Mulder, who averages 6.5 points per game, is questionable due to an illness.
Tennessee is coming off a 91-74 win over Mississippi State this weekend to move to 10-9 overall and 3-4 in the SEC. The Vols are just 8-8 against the spread on the season and surprisingly only 2-6 ATS at home. UT averages 76.8 points per game on offense while giving up 73.7. At home, Tennessee scores 81.4 points per game. Robert Hubbs III is leading the team with 14.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Grant Williams is adding 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
Kentucky is a team that is just too talented against the Vols. The Wildcats are only giving up single digits in points, so I like them against most in the conference. Tennessee won’t be able to keep pace with the offensive firepower Kentucky has tonight. Monk should be able to dominate and lead UK to a cover.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KENTUCKY -9.5