Tennessee vs. Kentucky Pick
Will No. 13 Kentucky avenge its previous loss to Tennessee when the two meet tonight at 7PM ET in Lexington?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kentucky is the clear favorite at home, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -14 points against the Volunteers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 159.5 points. Tennessee picked up an 82-80 win over Kentucky at home back on Jan. 24. The Vols have covered the spread in six of their last seven against the Wildcats.
Tennessee is coming off a 76-75 loss to Georgia this weekend to drop to 14-11 overall and 6-6 in the SEC. The Volunteers are 12-10 against the spread this season, including 7-3 ATS away from home. Tennessee averages 76.3 points per game on offense while allowing 72.8 on defense. Robert Hubbs III is leading the team with 14.3 points and 5 rebounds per game while Grant Williams is adding 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
Kentucky is coming off a 67-58 road win over Alabama this weekend. The Wildcats are 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the SEC. Kentucky is 13-12 against the spread on the season and just 1-5 ATS in its last six games. The Wildcats are averaging 89.3 points per game on offense while allowing 73.7 on defense. Malik Monk is leading the team with 21.7 points per game while De’Aaron Fox is adding 15.7 points and 5.4 assists per contest.
Kentucky has been struggling to cover as of late and now faces a Tennessee team it has already lost to. While revenge could certainly fuel the Wildcats, it hasn’t helped them get on track this year. They are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10. In their recent home games, Kentucky has struggled and played down to its competition and I expect more of the same today. Tennessee is getting a lot of points and has an impressive record against the spread on the road.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: TENNESSEE +14