Commodores open as college hoops underdog vs Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores Odds
The visiting Kentucky Wildcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Memorial Gymnasium against the Vanderbilt Commodores.
The Commodores bring a 6-6 record (5-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-4 Wildcats, who are 5-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Vanderbilt go 1-7 so far and the Wildcats go 5-4.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Vanderbilt Commodores as 12.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Commodores - Wildcats odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Vanderbilt is rated No. 179 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Kentucky is at No. 25. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 83-65 win for the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Vanderbilt's No. 317-ranked offense, averaging 59.7 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 67 at 60.8 PPG. The Commodores field goal percentage has averaged 42% so far, less than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.2% per game.
Defensively, Kentucky features the nation's No. 223-rated defense on the road, allowing 73 points per game. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, comes in at No. 338 nationally in scoring at home.
Kentucky was a 90-38 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 27-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Wildcats and Eagles didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Eastern Michigan was handed a 90-38 defeat on Wednesday at Rupp Arena.
Vanderbilt won its last outing, a 64-50 result against William & Mary on January 2. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. Sheldon Jeter scored 14 points leading the Commodores to a 64-50 victory over William & Mary at Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Arkansas are 9-1
After playing William & Mary are 1-0
After a win are 5-5
A few Wildcats at Commodores trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Kentucky's last 17 games on the road
Kentucky is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Kentucky is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home
Vanderbilt is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Kentucky
Vanderbilt is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 6 games when playing Kentucky
Kentucky home to Texas A&M, Saturday, January 12
Vanderbilt at Arkansas, Saturday, January 12