Tue, Feb 8, 3:38pm by Kevin Pitstock
Lexington, Kentucky will be the scene for this SEC basketball game between the home Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers. The game is at the Rupp Arena in Lexington on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. Kentucky is currently ranked #11 in the country and are 16-6 for the season and are a perfect 10-0 at home. Meanwhile, Tennessee is 15-8 for the season and 3-3 on the road. they are unranked.
Both teams have won six of their last ten games. The Volunteers lost their last game in overtime to Alabama by two points. Kentucky has had two heartbreaking losses in a row with both of them by two points. They have not played each other this season but in the last ten games between them, Kentucky holds a 6-4 record. Let’s do some team reviews and then we can make our prediction.
The Kentucky Wildcats have a high powered offense that is averaging over 77 points per game. They limit their opponents to 62.7 per game. They also average 40% from shooting beyond the 3-point line along with 70% free throw shooting. In the rebounding department, the grab 39.1 boards per game and allow their opponents to garner 30.3 per game.
They are lead in scoring by Terance Jones at 17.9 points per game. Jones also is the leading rebounder at 8.9 per game and shot blocker at 1.9 per game. Brandon Knight dishes out 3.8 assists per game and DeAndre Liggins is able to make 1.3 steals per game. Doron Lamb is fires up shots at a 50% clip for the Wildcats.
The Volunteers are led in scoring by Scotty Hopson at 16.5 per game and Melvin Goins dishes 3 assists per game as well as making 1.6 steals a game. John Fields has inside presence as he swats away an average of 1.5 shots per game. Tobias Harris dominates in the paint in the rebound department with over 7 boards per game.
The team averages a good 72.4 points per game and gives up 67.1 per game. One Achilles heel for the Volunteers is that they only shoot 31.5% from 3-point range. They do rebound well at a 39.7 per game clip and they are stingy and allow the opponents only 29.7 boards per game. From the free throw line they connect on 68.5% accuracy.
Pick and Prediction
The betting line for this SEC game has Kentucky at -9.5. Let’s give some reasons to buy into that theory. Tennessee struggles on the road and Kentucky rarely loses at home. The Volunteers shoot poorer from the field and the free throw line than the Wildcats and are weak when it comes to free throws. However, the reason to place you money on a big spread like -9.5 for Kentucky lies in the fact that leading scorer for the Volunteers, Scotty Hopson, is listed as questionable for this conference game. Bet the Kentucky spread at -9.5 at Sportingbet.
Our pick: Bet Kentucky -9.5
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