Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats battle it out on the hardwood in a SEC matchup on Saturday. The Wildcats are -10 point favorites over the Volunteers with an over/under point total set at 136.
The Tennessee Volunteers are at .500 on the year but Cuonzo Martin’s team is playing hard and they have been competitive. Kentucky fell four points short as Mississippi State on Thursday but they were in it until the very end and never quit as their players seem to be playing up to their ability. Trae Golden is averaging 14.9 points and 5.3 assists, Jerome Maymon is averaging 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds, Jordan McCrae is averaging 10.4 points, and Cameron Tatum is averaging 8.9 points. As a team The Vols are averaging 73.4 points and they are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points and their opponents shoot 43.4 percent. Tennessee doesn’t look like they are done yet but it is going to take a big run for them to be part of March Madness.
The Kentucky Wildcats have established themselves as one of the teams to beat this season and have won their last eight games in a row since being upset at Indiana. John Calipari has assembled a team of All-Americans in Lexington and UK appears to be upholding their long standing tradition of being one of the top teams in the SEC and the nation. Doron Lamb is averaging 14.6 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, Anthony Davis is averaging 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, and Marquis Teague is averaging 10.9 points and 4.4 assists. As a team Kentucky is averaging 80.1 points, 40.1 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 48.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.7 points and their opposition shoots 35.3 percent. Kentucky is clearly one of the teams to beat and a favorite to make a return trip to the Final Four.
Tennessee is 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven SEC games, and 5-1-1 against the spread following a cover. Kentucky is 3-13-1 against the spread in their last 17 games overall, 3-12-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-9-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover. The favorite has covered in five of the last six meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 136 and that shouldn’t been much of a problem for these two and my pick is the Over.