Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky Pick
Can No. 9 Kentucky pick up a lopsided win when it hosts Vanderbilt tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kentucky is the big favorite tonight, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -11 points against Vanderbilt. The over/under total for the game is listed at 150 points. Kentucky won the first meeting on Jan. 10, 87-81 at Vandy. The Commodores have done very well against UK at the betting window, going 8-1-1 against the spread in the last 10 meetings.
Kentucky is on a six-game winning streak to get to 24-5 on the season and 14-2 in the SEC. The Wildcats are just 3-3 against the spread during this win streak to move to 15-14 against the spread on the season. Kentucky averages 87.8 points per game on offense while allowing just 72.6 on defense. When at home, UK puts up 90.8 points per game. Malik Monk is leading the team with 21.5 points per game while De’Aaron Fox is adding 15.5 points and 5.3 assists. Fox is questionable for tonight’s game due to a knee injury.
Vanderbilt is on a four-game winning streak entering tonight to move to 16-13 on the season and 9-7 in the SEC. The Commodores have covered in all four games as well to move to 16-11 against the spread on the season. Vandy is averaging 71.8 points per game on offense this season while allowing 68.8 on defense. When on the road, Vandy is only putting up 65.8 points per game, but allowing just 67. Matthew Fisher-Davis is leading the team with 15 points per game while Luke Kornet is adding 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
This game is interesting, as Vanderbilt is surging right now. While Kentucky has been winning, covering big spreads hasn’t been its specialty. The Wildcats are just 2-7 against the spread in their last nine as a double-digit favorite. With Fox battling a knee injury, that only hampers what Kentucky can do on offense. Vandy is a good defensive team and playing well enough where I believe it will keep this game competitive. The Commodores are getting enough points to cover.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: VANDERBILT +11