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Kentucky Looks To Bounce Back Against Tough Valpo Squad

The Kentucky Wildcats lost their first game of the season in their previous outing, a contest that saw the team show cracks on both ends of the floor and ultimately drop from first to sixth in the rankings. An ill-tempered Kentucky team has been a bad omen for opponents, as UK has won its past 11 contests following a loss as the fave. It will not be a walk in the park, as Kentucky hosts the Valparaiso Crusaders on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • Kentucky is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 6 games on the road.
  • Valparaiso is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games as an underdog of 20.0 or more.

Kentucky’s defensive performance was poor against UCLA, as the Wildcats surrendered 97 points while allowing the Bruins to shoot over 50 percent from the floor. The Wildcats have continued to excel at generating turnovers despite defensive issues against UCLA, as they added 20 against the Bruins to bring their number up to 151 through eight games. Offensively, they are led by freshman Malik Monk, who averages 19.9 points per game.

Alec Peters is one of the most dominant big men in the country, as the 6’7” Valpo forward averages 25.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season. Peters has scored at least 20 points in every game this season and is coming off a 27-point performance against a ranked Rhode Island team. Senior guard Shane Hammink offers a complementary piece offensively for Valpo, as he has averaged 15.4 ppg.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Kentucky Wildcats betting line opened as -19-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Kentucky Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Kentucky Wildcats battles the Valparaiso Crusaders, currently sitting with a 7-1 mark (3-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 6-2 for the Kentucky Wildcats and 2-4 for the Valparaiso Crusaders.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 61-ranked Valparaiso Crusaders, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Kentucky's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 95.12 PPG, against a Crusaders defense that ranks No. 125 at 69.75 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 48.42% so far, more than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.95% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Alec Peters scored 27 points leading the Crusaders to a 65-62 victory over Rhode Island at Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday.

Betting Trends
  • Valparaiso is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Valparaiso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 6 games on the road
  • Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kentucky is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games
  • Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Valparaiso at Missouri State, Saturday, December 10th
Kentucky at Hofstra, Sunday, December 11th

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