Tennessee Volunteers vs Wildcats College Hoops Game Preview

Tennessee VolunteersKentucky Wildcats
Jan 15, 7:00 PM | Rupp Arena

Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds

8-6TEAM RECORD10-5

The Kentucky Wildcats will hit the floor running against the visiting Tennessee Volunteers Tuesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Kentucky will face the 8-6 Volunteers, who own a 5-6-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Wildcats are 6-5 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Volunteers are 6-5 favoring the OVER.

View Tennessee vs Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats were listed as 14.5-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:
The Wildcats sit at No. 29 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Volunteers sit at No. 73 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 82-70.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kentucky's No. 31 nationally ranked offense (77.4 points per game) against a Volunteers defense that sits as the No. 79 at 61.8 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 48.5% from the field, more than the Volunteers have managed so far this season (42.4% on average).

Defensively, Tennessee features the nation's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 50.3 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 26 nationally in scoring at home.

Tennessee was a 68-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Alabama. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Volunteers got 21 points from Jordan McRae, but it was Alabama that prevailed in a 68-65 final on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.

Kentucky lost its last outing, an 83-71 result against Texas A&M on January 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 15-point favorite. Kentucky got 17 points from Archie Goodwin but lost anyway, 83-71, to Texas A&M on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Mississippi State are 7-3
After playing Alabama are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Auburn are 9-1
After a loss are 8-2

A few Volunteers at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tennessee's last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Tennessee is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Tennessee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Tennessee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing Tennessee
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee

Next up:
Tennessee home to Mississippi State, Saturday, January 19
Kentucky at Auburn, Saturday, January 19

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