NCAA hoops odds preview - Kentucky vs. Tennessee
Kentucky Wildcats vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds
The Tennessee Volunteers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena in NCAA basketball action.
The Volunteers bring a 13-10 record (10-10-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 17-7 Wildcats, who are 8-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Tennessee go 9-11 so far and the Wildcats go 10-10.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Wildcats were listed as 1.5-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Volunteers sit at No. 93 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 12 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 78-68.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Tennessee's No. 111-rated squad against Kentucky's No. 26-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Tennessee rates No. 322 in the country with 4.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 212 nationally with 5.8 per match.
Defensively, Kentucky features the nation's No. 104-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.7 points per game. Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 231 nationally in scoring at home.
Kentucky lost its last outing, a 69-52 result against Florida on February 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point underdog. Kentucky suffered a 69-52 loss against Florida on Tuesday, getting 10 points from Julius Mays in a losing effort at Stephen O'Connell Center.
Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 58-46 winner as they battled Vanderbilt on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Jarnell Stokes scored 17 points leading the Volunteers to a 58-46 victory over Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 10-0
Before playing Vanderbilt are 8-2
After playing Florida are 9-1
After a loss are 9-1
Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing LSU are 6-4
After playing Vanderbilt are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Wildcats at Volunteers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Kentucky's last 23 games on the road
Kentucky is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Kentucky is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tennessee's last 9 games when playing Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games when playing at home against Kentucky
Tennessee is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Kentucky home to Vanderbilt, Wednesday, February 20
Tennessee home to LSU, Tuesday, February 19