Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs
The Kentucky Wildcats play their final home game of the season as they host the Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday. The Wildcats are -20 point favorites over the Bulldogs with an over/under point total set at 127.5.
The Kentucky Wildcats are on a roll and they are clearly the number one team in the nation but John Calipari knows that rankings mean little unless it all ends with cutting down the nets at the end of March. UK is 14-0 in the SEC, 17-0 at home this season, and they have locked up first place in the SEC and look to be the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Doron Lamb is averaging 13.6 points, Anthony Davis si averaging 14.3 points and 9.8 rebounds, Terrance Jones is averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 12 points and 7.8 rebounds. As a team the Cats are averaging 77.8 points and they are shooting 48.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.8 points and their opponents are shooting 36.5 percent. Kentucky looks to have it all going on this year on both sides of the court and it’s just a matter of keeping it together for the next month.
The Georgia Bulldogs are suffering through a tough season but at the same time Mark Fox’s team is coming off of their biggest win of the year, a 22 point stomping of Florida. Georgia is 4-10 in the SEC, 2-8 on the road this season, tied for 10th place in the conference standings, and 2-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Gerald Robinson is averaging 14.2 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 13.9 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Dustin Ware is averaging 8.0 points. As a team the Dawgs are averaging 61.5 points and they are shooting 39.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Georgia has shown the ability to play with and beat the good teams, they just don’t do it often enough.
Kentucky is 7-17-1 against the spread in their last 21 games overall, 3-13-1 against the spread in their last 17 home games, and 3-12-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover. Georgia is 4-12 against the spread following a cover, 4-13 against the spread following a win, and 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning percentage higher than .600. The underdog has covered in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
The line in this one is just too big and it makes this game unplayable but forced to make a choice I’ll take the points.
Georgia Bulldogs +20 Kentucky Wildcats