Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wildcats vs. Volunteers CBB Odds
Looking for Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Wildcats taking on the Volunteers on Saturday, February 8th at Thompson-Boling Arena. Knoxville, Tennessee. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Wildcats Volunteers matchup.
2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(17-5) Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers (13-9)
Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Thompson-Boling Arena. Knoxville, Tennessee
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Kentucky -2.5
CBB Betting Total: 132
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This Saturday afternoon SEC match-up will be a rivalry game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee are a shell of what they were last year, but Kentucky has high aspirations like they do every year. With Tennessee struggling to consistently win, this is a game they need in order to give themselves a quality win.
The Wildcats bounced back from a road loss last week to Auburn when they beat Mississippi State this past week at Rupp Arena. Kentucky is still 7-2 in conference play, just one game behind LSU. While Kentucky are already a lock for the tournament, they are currently projected as a 5-seed. This is not normal for Kentucky, so they will want to avoid losing to a team like the Vols.
Offensively, Kentucky is averaging 75.2 points per game. This is only ranked 81st in the country in scoring, but this is still Kentucky we are talking about. They still have talent all over the floor and could go from scoring in the 60’s in one game to scoring 80+ in the next.
The Cats have plenty of guys on their roster who can take over a game at any point. That is why they have four guys who average between 12.5 and 14.6. Look for another balanced scoring attack and for the Wildcats to wear down the Vols.
Kentucky is a top 90 team in the country in terms of scoring defense. They allow 65.8 points per game. Where they really excel though is holding teams to 38.6% from the field and 28.9% from the three-point line. Look for Kentucky to oppose their will early and make it tough for the Vols to find open shots.
It is safe to say that the Vols are having a tough season. They are only 5-4 in conference play and finally snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Alabama this past week. At this point, the Volunteers would not be considered for a tournament spot, but a win against the Cats would help them immensely.
Their offense is very lacking this year to say it bluntly. Tennessee is averaging 66.6 points per game, which ranks 292nd in the country. They are a horrible shooting team, averaging 42.9% from the field and 30.9% from the three-point line.
Defense is one of the main reasons why the Volunteers are winning games. They are a top 21 scoring defense, allowing 61.5 points per game. Teams are shooting 38.9% from the field against them and 31.2% from deep range.
Their defense at home is what needs to step up if the Vols are going to win. They are allowing 56 points per home game and that will need to be the difference.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-4 in TENN last 13 vs. Southeastern.
- Over is 9-3 in UK last 12 overall.
- Over is 8-3 in UK last 11 vs. Southeastern.
Free Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers NCAAB Prediction:
Kentucky is clearly the better team here and with them laying less than three, I love the Cats to get a big win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Kentucky Wildcats -2.5
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