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Tennessee vs. Kentucky Basketball Betting Preview & Picks

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Tennessee vs. Kentucky Basketball

Friday’s college basketball betting lineup is a little lackluster. So instead of mulching over some boring matchups, we’re looking ahead to Saturday’s thrilling Tennessee vs. Kentucky basketball matchup. The Volunteers enter this contest riding a massive win streak and will stop at nothing to assert their SEC dominance over Kentucky. The Wildcats on the other hand, recently got embarrassed by No. 19 LSU and need a rebound to maintain their current ranking. Will this game have March Madness betting implications? Let’s mulch over some pertinent information before taking a look at this matchup.

Tennessee vs. Kentucky Basketball – Saturday, February 16th     

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky

TV: ESPN

Stream: Watch ESPN

College Basketball Betting Odds:

            TO BE POSTED

Tennessee Volunteers         

The Volunteers enter this Saturday’s matchup sporting a 23-1 record. As can be seen, Tennessee currently reigns supreme in the SEC thanks to their 11-0 conference record. However, the Volunteers are facing one of the better teams out of the SEC this evening and will need to bring their A-game. But as aforementioned, Kentucky was recently bested by No. 19 LSU. While Tennessee has yet to face LSU this season, the Volunteers have faced a myriad of top-ranked teams. That includes then ranked No. 1 Gonzaga, who they ended up taking the No. 1 national ranking from. Nevertheless, the volunteers haven’t quite been challenged since then. Ultimately this Saturday’s matchup against No. 5 Kentucky is the perfect test to see if Tennessee truly is the best program in the nation.

Players to Watch: Grant Williams (19.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.5 apg), Admiral Schofield (16.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Jordan Bone (13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.5 apg).

Kentucky Wildcats    

The Wildcats pounce into this weekend’s matchup sporting a 20-4 record. Because Kentucky has posted a 9-2 record in conference play this season, they currently rank 3rd overall in the SEC. A win over Tennessee wouldn’t propel them in the conference ladder, but it would give them an opportunity to do so nevertheless. Since both teams rank in the Top 5, which side will have the statistical advantage? All things considered these two are pretty even defensively. Right now the Volunteers are giving up 67.5 per game while the Wildcats are giving up 65.5. However, there’s a pretty big gap on offense with Tennessee throwing down 85.4 per game and Kentucky delivering 78.4. If those numbers pan out this Saturday, Tennessee is in the running for a lopsided victory.

Players to Watch: PJ Washington (14.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.8 apg), Keldon Johnson (14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Tyler Herro (13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg).

Tennessee vs. Kentucky Basketball Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Tennessee is 13-9-1 ATS this season
  • Kentucky is 14-10 ATS this season
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 13 of Tennessee’s 23 games this season
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 15 of Kentucky’s 24 games this season
  • Tennessee is 19-0 SU in their last 19 games
  • Kentucky is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games

Tennessee vs. Kentucky Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Tennessee vs. Kentucky basketball matchup? All things considered, Tennessee is your safest bet here. They come in with the better offense and will be looking to prove something against Kentucky. The odds aren’t out just yet but keep an eye on that money line. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 86-78 Tennessee.

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