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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Vols Betting Picks, Odds - March 2

Written by:
Ean Lamb
Published on:
Mar/01/2019

Gambling911.com has your Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Vols betting trends and odds for Saturday's College Basketball game.


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Best Odds:

Kentucky: +3

Tennessee: -2.5

Total: 141

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Recent Performance:

  • Tyler Herro had career highs of five 3-pointers and 29 points, including two free throws with five seconds remaining, and No. 4 Kentucky rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Arkansas 70-66 on Tuesday night.
  • Grant Williams scored with four seconds left, and No. 7 Tennessee escaped with a 73-71 win over Ole Miss, but an offensive foul on the Rebs in the final second enraged the home fans.

Trends:

  • UNDER is 13-5-2 in the last 20 meetings
  • Wildcats are 6-1 Against The Spread in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
  • Volunteers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern
  • Volunteers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall
  • Action Network's Evan Abrams: "Under Calipari, Kentucky is 27-13-2 (67.5%) ATS when facing teams that are averaging at least 80 PPG, with the Wildcats covering by 3.9 an average of points per game. When the game is played in January or later, opponents haven’t eclipsed 80 points since Jan. 30, 2016 against Kansas — a streak of 15 consecutive games in that spot."

Picks:

  • Myron Medcalf, ESPN senior college basketball writer: "Kentucky was dominant in the first game, and I expect the Wildcats to win the rematch, even without Reid Travis. The analytics suggest Kentucky has been a great defensive team with Nick Richards on the floor and Travis on the bench. A loss won't change anything about the perception of a (short-handed) Kentucky squad that has looked like a Final Four team in 2019. Maybe John Calipari will be included on the national coach of the year lists (he should be on them now) with a win. If Tennessee loses, however, the doubts will persist about a team that seemed invincible before this humbling stretch. A win would feel like a "we're back" moment for the Vols."
  • John Gasaway, ESPN college basketball writer: "In the first game, UK limited Grant Williams to four shots from the field. (That probably deserves an exclamation point.) Travis was a big part of that, and it's fair to say he's one of the few players in the SEC who can legitimately deal with Williams on equal terms as far as physicality. Now that's gone, and, anyway, the Wildcats, as incredible as they looked against the Volunteers at Rupp, had to come back from 15 down to win at Arkansas. Tennessee is not Arkansas. I'm taking the Vols, but, that said, this result will say very little about what full-strength Kentucky can do on neutral floors in March."
  • CBS Sports: "No. 4 Kentucky at No. 7 Tennessee (-2.5), 2 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com and streaming on fuboTV: Tennessee was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and on a 19-game winning streak heading into this season's first game with Kentucky. As you probably heard, it didn't go well. UK shot 55 percent from the field and demolished UT — 86-69. Now the rematch has arrived. And it's not hyperbole to suggest this really could determine the SEC's regular-season title because Kentucky and Tennessee — along with LSU — are tied atop the league standings with 13-2 SEC records. So the winner of this one will be a game up on the loser with just two regular-season games remaining. In other words, this is a high-stakes showdown. And even though I do believe Tennessee will win and improve to 17-0 at home, I'll take the points with Kentucky and trust this is a close contest that's settled in the final minute. Gary Parrish's pick: Kentucky +2.5"

- Ean Lamb, Gambling911.com

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