Kentucky vs. Seton Hall Prediction
Will No. 9 Kentucky put on a dominant show at Madison Square Garden when the Wildcats face Seton Hall today at Noon ET?
729 Kentucky at 730 Seton Hall
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Noon ET – Madison Square Garden
Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new College Basketball Odds & Betting Page.
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Kentucky is the slight favorite in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -6 points against Seton Hall. The over/under total is listed at 146 points. The public betting currently has 80 percent going on Kentucky as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Since a disappointing open to the season where it lost to Duke, 118-84, Kentucky has won seven straight games. The Wildcats are 7-1 overall, 3-5 against the spread and 5-3 with the under. UK has covered the spread in two straight.
The Wildcats are scoring 84.4 points per game this season while shooting just under 50 percent from the field. Defensively, UK allows 69.8 points per game, but opponents are shooting 39.7 percent from the arc. The Wildcats allow the fewest rebounds in the country, giving up just 23.8 per game. Keldon Johnson is leading the team with 15.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. However, he is questionable for today’s contest due to an ankle injury. Reid Travis adds 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Seton Hall playing well
Seton Hall is coming off a 77-57 win over New Hampshire for its fourth win in five games. The Pirates are 5-3 on the season, 4-4 against the spread and 5-2 with the under. The Pirates have failed to cover in their last two games.
Seton Hall has struggled on offense this season, averaging just 72.6 points per game while shooting just 29.7 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Pirates are holding opponents to just 66.5 points per game. Myles Powell is putting up 22.4 points per game to lead the team while Michael Nzei adds 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight against Big East opponents but 31-15-1 ATS in their last 51 games on a neutral site.
Seton Hall has covered the spread in eight straight at a neutral site and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a win.
This is the first legit team Kentucky has faced since Duke. They have been at least a 12.5-point favorite in their last seven games. It will be interesting to see if the Wildcats will be able to handle a little bit of a challenge. Seton Hall has struggled against teams of any respect this year. They did manage a nice win over Miami, but were dominated at Nebraska and have lost as a favorite against Louisville and Saint Louis. Kentucky should have too much talent and athleticism for Seton Hall to deal with. As long as Kentucky doesn’t overlook the Pirates, the Wildcats should roll.
College Basketball Prediction: Kentucky -6