Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
The Kentucky Wildcats look to continue their march through their SEC schedule as they take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats are -11.5 point favorites over the Commodores with an over/under point total set at 138.5.
It is tough to use too many superlatives when talking about the Kentucky Wildcats this season as John Calipari’s team is clearly one of the best teams in the nation. UK is 13-0 in the SEC, 16-0 at home this season, and are a win away from clinching the SEC regular season title. Anthony Davis is averaging 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds, Doron Lamb is averaging 13.7 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Terrence Jones is averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. As a team Kentucky is averaging 77.6 points and they are shooting 48.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.2 points and their opponents are shooting 36.3 percent. Kentucky has a chance to do big things this season but they know as well as anyone that special things take place in March, not in February.
The Vanderbilt Commodores appear to have cemented their spot in the NCAA Tournament but Kevin Stallings’ team still has plenty to play for when it comes to seeding. Vandy is 9-4 in the SEC, 6-3 on the road this season, and they are in third place in the conference standings. John Jenkins is averaging 20.1 points, Jeffrey Taylor is averaging 17.3 points and 5.9 rebounds, and Brad Tinsley is averaging 8.9 points. As a team Vandy is averaging 73.9 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Vanderbilt’s can get hot shooting but those hot streaks haven’t come against the better teams.
Kentucky is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games overall, 3-12-1 against the spread in their last 16 home games, and 2-11-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover. Vanderbilt is 6-2 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 19-7-2 against the spread in their last 28 road games, and 1-5 against the spread following a win. Vanderbilt has covered in three of their last 10 trips to Lexington.
With the total at 138.5 this one is clearly an over as both teams can light up the scoreboard and they will in this spot.