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Kentucky favored by -2.5 against Missouri on Saturday

Kentucky WildcatsMissouri Tigers
15-5February 01, 2014, 01:00 | Mizzou Arena16-4

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Wildcats of Kentucky hit the hard court against the Tigers of Missouri.

This season, the Tigers are 16-4 overall and 8-10 ATS, while the Wildcats are 15-5 and 10-7-1 ATS. As for the totals, Missouri boasts a 6-12 on the OU, and Kentucky is 10-8.

View Kentucky Wildcats vs Missouri Tigers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Kentucky before tip-off in this one found them as -2.5-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Tigers sit at No. 104 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 15 on the same chart.

Kentucky lost its last outing, an 87-82 result against LSU on January 28. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. The Wildcats endured an 87-82 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Tuesday, despite a 23-point effort from James Young at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Missouri was a 75-71 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Arkansas. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Earnest Ross scored 24 points leading the Tigers to a 75-71 victory over Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Missouri has the nation's No. 83-rated offensive output, at 74.8 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 67 allowing on average 66.6 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 46.09% so far, less than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.13% per game.

A few Wildcats at Tigers trends to consider:
Kentucky is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Kentucky is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Kentucky is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Kentucky is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Missouri is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Missouri's last 11 games
Missouri is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Missouri is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Kentucky home to Mississippi, Tuesday, February 4th
Missouri at Florida, Tuesday, February 4th