Vanderbilt Commodores vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bridgestone Arena in NCAA basketball action.
The SEC Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. The game is being played at Bridgestone Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
This season, the Wildcats are 21-10 overall and 11-17 ATS ATS, while the Commodores are 15-16 and 17-12 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Kentucky boasts a 15-12 on the OU, and Vanderbilt is 9-18.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 128-rated Vanderbilt taking on the No. 17-rated Wildcats in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 74-65 win for the Wildcats on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kentucky's No. 36-ranked scoring average of 73.9 PPG, against a Commodores defense rated No. 34 and allowing 60 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 47.8% to date this season, more than the Commodores shooters have managed so far (40.7% per game).
Defensively, Vanderbilt features the nation's No. 18-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.8 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 nationally in scoring at home.
Vanderbilt was a 75-72 winner in their most recent outing at home against Arkansas. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Arkansas suffered a 75-72 loss against Vanderbilt on Thursday, getting 16 points from BJ Young in a losing effort at Bridgestone Arena.
Kentucky was a 61-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Florida. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats grabbed a 61-57 win over the Gators on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from Archie Goodwin at Rupp Arena.