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Marshall Thundering Herd vs Wildcats College Hoops Game Preview

Marshall Thundering HerdKentucky Wildcats
Dec 22, 4:00 PM | Rupp Arena

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Kentucky and Marshall on Saturday, with the host Wildcats trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Thundering Herd will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 0-7-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 2-5 ATS. Marshall is 1-4 on the totals; Kentucky is 3-3.

View Marshall vs Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats were listed as 21-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 68-rated Wildcats and the No. 140-ranked Thundering Herd, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-74 result in favor of the Wildcats.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kentucky's No. 32-ranked offense, averaging 78.1 PPG, against a Thundering Herd defense that ranks No. 231 at 68.8 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 49.8% so far, more than the Thundering Herd marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.4% per game.

Defensively, Marshall features the nation's No. 285-rated defense on the road, allowing 77.5 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Marshall was a 64-48 winner at home against Savannah State. Marshall earned a 64-48 victory over Savannah State on Wednesday, getting 18 points from D.D. Scarver at Cam Henderson Center.

Kentucky was an 88-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against Lipscomb. Kentucky cruised to victory on Saturday, running Lipscomb out of the gym and running up an 88-50 score at Rupp Arena.

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Savannah State are 1-1
After a win are 5-5

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Louisville are 9-1
After playing Lipscomb are 0-1
After a win are 8-2

A few Thundering Herd at Wildcats trends to consider:
Marshall is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Kentucky is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Kentucky is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Marshall home to Delaware State, Wednesday, January 2
Kentucky at Louisville, Saturday, December 29