Free CBB Hoops Pick: Volunteers vs Wildcats Odds
Free Betting Insight? Weekly CBB betting sees the Tennessee Volunteers taking on the Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday February 18 at Rupp Arena in Lexington Kentucky. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NCAAB hoops predictions.
Tennessee Volunteers (12-13) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (19-6)
Date: Thursday February 18
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Rupp Arena in Lexington Kentucky
CBB Moneyline Odds: Off
CBB Betting Odds: Kentucky -16.5
CBB Betting Total: 150
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The talent is there for UK but this team is taking a little longer than past versions to put it all together.
They have shown vulnerability at times but a loss at home to a middling Vols team is not likely to happen.
The Vols were looking for some stability this season which is why they brought in Rick Barnes as coach.
Unfortunately he does not have a lot of talent to work with, hence the sub .500 record at the moment.
Included in their 12 victories are a win over Kentucky at home though, so they should have some level of confidence heading into this one.
Kevin Punter might be the most improved player in America this season. He has more than doubles his scoring average to 22ppg and dropped 27 on the Wildcats in that victory.
A typical New York City guard he plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and loves the big games.
Against UK at Rupp he could explode, if he doesn’t this will not be a trip to remember for the Vols.
This year’s team is not a juggernaut. However, it is still the best team in the SEC and has to be considered among the true contenders for a national title this season.
The key reason for that assessment is that they have one of the best backcourts around in Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis.
Murray has quickly become a consistent scorer and Ulis is one of the most heady playmakers around.
Some night they are good enough to win on their own.
Kentucky is definitely building as the season goes on, waiting for their frontcourt to settle. Alex Poythress is currently on the shelf.
He gives them that energy as well as some scoring up front. It is amazing that they are not getting much up there.
This team has room to grow. Once Poythress is healthy and assuming Skal Labissiere lives up to some of his hype they could get a lot better and be a monster next month.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 16-7 in TENN last 23 Thu. games.
- UK are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Thu. games.
- UK are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 42-20-1 in UK last 63 home games.
Free CBB Prediction:
Even though the Vols beat the Wildcats earlier I am not counting on a sweep. Hopefully that makes for a buying opportunity.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Very Light Lean to Kentucky -16.5 and the UNDER
Go with Kentucky. They are playing well and could wipe them off the floor.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Kentucky 80 – Tennessee 63
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