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Kentucky favored by -9.5 against Tennessee on Saturday

Tennessee VolunteersKentucky Wildcats
11-5January 18, 2014, 12:00 | Rupp Arena12-4

The visiting Tennessee Volunteers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Rupp Arena against the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Volunteers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 7-6-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 7-6-1 ATS. Tennessee is 6-8 against the total, while Kentucky is 8-6 versus the number.

View Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Kentucky opened as -9.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 46 and the Volunteers at No. 8 heading into this contest.

Tennessee won its last outing, a 78-67 result against Auburn on January 15. They covered in that game as a 10-point favorite. Jordan McRae scored 21 points leading the Volunteers to a 78-67 victory over Auburn at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were an 87-85 loser as they battled Arkansas on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. Kentucky suffered an 87-85 loss against Arkansas on Tuesday, getting 23 points from James Young in a losing effort at Bud Walton Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kentucky's No. 4-rated squad against Tennessee's No. 31-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kentucky rates No. 220 in the country with 4.88 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 162 nationally with 5.75 per match.

A few Volunteers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Tennessee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Tennessee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Tennessee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tennessee's last 6 games on the road
Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kentucky is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Tennessee
Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tennessee

Next up:
Tennessee home to Arkansas, Wednesday, January 22nd
Kentucky at Texas A&M, Tuesday, January 21st