Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers meet for the second time in January as they face off in Lexington on Tuesday for an SEC college hoops contest. The Wildcats are -16.5 point favorites over the Volunteers with an over/under point total set at 132.
The Kentucky Wildcats are the number one ranked team in the country and the deeper they get into the season the better John Calipari’s team is looking. UK is 7-0 in the SEC, 13-0 at home this season, and a game ahead of Florida and Vandy in the conference standings. Doron Lamb is averaging 13.5 points, Anthony Davis is averaging 13.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, Michael Kidd Gilchrist is averaging 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds, and Terrance Jones is averaging 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. As a team Kentucky is averaging 78.2 points, 40.1 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 48.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.5 points and their opponents shoot 36.4 percent. While championships are won in March the Cats look at the very least like a team who can make a run.
The Tennessee Volunteers are looking to get back to .500 overall and Cuonzo Martin’s team can get back there with a win in this one. Tennessee is 2-4 in SEC play, 1-6 on the road this season, and 2-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. Trae Golden is averaging 13.1 points and 4.8 assists, Jeronne Maymon is averaging 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds, Cameron Tatum and Jordan McCrae are averaging 8.7 points each. As a team Tennessee is averaging 69.6 points and they are shooting 44.5 percent and their opponents are averaging 66 points and they shoot 42 percent. Tennessee has talent on their roster but it just hasn’t come together often this season.
Kentucky is 3-14-1 against the spread in their last 18 games overall, 1-11-1 against the spread in their last 13 home games, and 0-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Tennessee 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 3-13-1 against the spread following a win. The favorite has covered in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
The first game was a three point difference for the visiting Cats but Kentucky has simply just been getting better every game and they have hit high gear
Kentucky -16.5 Tennessee Volunteers