Wildcats vs. Tigers Prediction
A battle of ranked opponents is set for today in the Southeastern Conference as the 13th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats play at the 17th-ranked Auburn Tigers. Is favored Auburn the right way to go here?
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Auburn Arena at 6PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Tigers are a 3.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 143 points. As of Saturday morning, 53 percent of public bets are being placed on host Auburn. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Wildcats rally in second half
Kentucky overcame first-half struggles Wednesday night to secure a 71-62 home win over Vanderbilt and improve to 16-4 overall plus 6-1 in conference play. The Wildcats outscored the Commodores 43-27 in the second half after trailing by seven at the break. Tyrese Maxey led Kentucky with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting including 2-of-3 from 3-point distance plus 5-of-6 at the free throw line. He also accounted for four rebounds and two assists. Nick Richards racked up 15 points and 11 boards. Ashton Hagans accounted for 12 points, six dimes, four rebounds and two steals. Immanuel Quickley added 11 points, four caroms and two assists.
Tigers top Rebels in double OT
Auburn secured an 83-82 double overtime victory Tuesday night at Mississippi to improve to 18-2 overall and 5-2 in conference action. The Tigers outscored the Rebels 46-29 in the second half to rally back while the score after the first OT was deadlocked at 77-77. Anfernee McLemore paced Auburn with 19 points off the bench on 6-of-12 shooting including 5-of-10 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and three steals. Samir Doughty registered 17 points, five boards and three assists. Isaac Okoro notched 14 points, nine caroms, three assists and two steals. Danjel Purifoy had 13 points and five rebounds. J'Von McCormick added 12 points, four boards, three steals and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games. Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last five games following a straight up win.
The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Auburn is 1-4 ATS in its last five games following a straight up win.
These two squads are pretty evenly matched, but it just seems as though as far as this season goes the Wildcats are a little more battle-tested. With Kentucky having won four in a row, and getting a taste for a while that it cannot overlook any opponent last game with a poor first half against lowly Vandy, I think this is a great spot for the Wildcats to be road spoilers. Even if they do not win straight up, the spread provides a little cushion in what should be a close game throughout.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KENTUCKy WILDCATS +3.5