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SEC: Kentucky Vandy Betting Preview

Kentucky will look for its third straight SEC title and 28th overall when they battle Vanderbilt in the SEC final.

The Wildcats can improve on its 32-1 record on Sunday at New Orleans Arena and nail down a top Madness seed. And they come in favored by 8 points at online sportsbooks such as Bovada.

The Wildcats sit at 32-1 (13-19 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Commodores are currently 23-10 (16-13 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 12-17-2 OU, and Vanderbilt is 12-17 OU.

View Vanderbilt vs Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Vanderbilt before tip-off in this one found them as 6.5-point underdogs but the number climbed quickly to -8 at Bovada. The total was 137.5 at TopBet and other sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Commodores odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kentucky is rated No. 2 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Vanderbilt is at No. 27. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 87-76 win for the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kentucky has the nation's No. 20-rated offensive output, at 77.1 PPG. The visiting Commodores defense ranks No. 110 allowing on average 65 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 48.7% so far, more than the Commodores marksmen have achieved on the year, 46% per game.

Defensively, Vanderbilt features the nation's No. 166-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.2 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 33 nationally in scoring at home.

Vanderbilt was a 65-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Mississippi. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites. Vanderbilt earned a 65-53 victory over Mississippi on Saturday, getting 23 points from John Jenkins at New Orleans Arena.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 74-71 winner as they battled Florida at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite. The Wildcats grabbed a 74-71 win over the Gators on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from Doron Lamb at New Orleans Arena.

Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
After playing Mississippi are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
After playing Florida are 9-1
After a win are 10-0


A few Commodores at Wildcats trends to consider:
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vanderbilt
Kentucky is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games