Commodores vs. Wildcats Prediction
The 13th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are big favortes at home tonight against a Vanderbilt Commodores squad that has yet to win in Southeastern Conference play. Is Kentucky going to cover the huge spread?
Wednesday, January 20, 2020
Rupp Arena at 6:30PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Wildcats are a 21-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 142.5 points. As of Wednesday morning, 59 percent of public bets are being placed on host Kentucky. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Commodores stomped by Gamecocks
Vanderbilt lost by a score of 90-64 Saturday night at South Carolina to drop to 8-11 overall and 0-6 in the SEC. The Commodores were outscored 46-29 in the second half of the defeat. Saben Lee led Vandy with 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting plus 7-of-15 at the free throw line. He also registered three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Scotty Pippen Jr. accounted for 11 points, three boards, two assists and two steals. Jordan Wright added 10 points and three caroms.
Wildcats down Red Raiders in OT
Nick Richards hit the deciding free throws with 10 seconds left in overtime Saturday as Kentucky downed host Texas Tech by a score of 76-74. The Wildcats (15-4 overall, 3-1 road) were outscored 30-28 in the second half, but outscored the Red Raiders 12-10 in the extra session. Richards paced Kentucky with 25 points on 7-of-10 shooting plus 11-of-14 at the free throw line. He also registered 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Immanuel Quickley added 21 points and six boards.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Commodores are 26-55-1 ATS in their last 82 games overall. Vanderbilt is 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games.
The Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. The home team is 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Commodores are bad, but the spread is big enough to give me pause. Kentucky is coming off a hard-fought win and could have a letdown here, plus the focus might not be great in the first place considering the opponent. This bet might need some luck, but it won't take a lot going wrong for the Wildcats to keep this from being a blowout as big as the spread suggests it will be.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: VANDERBILT COMMODORES +21