Valparaiso vs. Kentucky Pick
Will No. 6 Kentucky be able to cover at home as a 20-point favorite against Valparaiso tonight?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kentucky is the clear favorite in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -20 points against Valpo. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 153 points. These two last met in 2002 with Kentucky getting an 83-68 win over Valpo and covering as a 7-point favorite.
Kentucky is coming off a 97-92 loss at home to UCLA. The Wildcats are now 7-1 on the season and 6-2 against the spread. They have been accustomed to being a double-digit favorite, as they are 5-2 ATS this year when favored by double digits. The Wildcats are putting up an impressive 95.1 points per game on offense while giving up just 69 points per game. Malik Monk is leading the charge with 19.9 points per game while De’Aaron Fox is averaging 15.9 points and 7.8 assists per game.
Valpo is having a good year, as it is 7-1 on the season and 3-3 against the spread. The Crusaders have won four straight, including wins over BYU and Alabama. Their lone lass was 76-54 at Oregon. Valpo is allowing just 69.8 points per game on defense while the offense is putting up 75.5 points per contest. Alex Peters is averaging 25.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season while Shane Hammink is putting up 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Valpo is a good team, but Kentucky is on another level. The Wildcats have tremendous talent and Coach Cal has been able to put them together nicely. They are coming off a loss as well, so should be eager to put on a good show tonight at home. Valpo just doesn’t have the offensive talent to compete.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KENTUCKY -20