Kentucky vs. Eastern Kentucky - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Eastern Kentucky Colonels (1-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -28.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
TV: SEC Network
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Kentucky Wildcats meet in college basketball action from Rupp Arena on Friday night.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels come into this game looking for a big road upset after starting the year with a 79-68 win over Chattanooga in their season opener. Houston King led the Colonels with 19 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 3 threes while Darius Hicks came right behind with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. Jomaru Brown had 14 points on 6 of 13 shooting to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for EKU in the win while Lachlan Anderson had 7 points and 9 rebounds and Russhard Cruickshank added 6 points and a team-high 4 assists in the winning effort. As a team, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 79 points per game on 51.9% shooting from the field, 42.9% from behind the arc and 76% from the foul line after their opening game.
The Kentucky Wildcats will look for a win to build on their strong showing in their season opener, defeating Michigan State by a final score of 69-62 in the Champions Classic. Tyrese Maxey led the Wildcats with 26 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 3 triples and a 9 of 10 mark from the foul line while Ashton Hagans added 11 points and a team-high 3 assists. Immanuel Quickley had 10 points to finish off the double-digit scoring for the Wildcats while Nate Sestina had 7 points and a team-high 6 rebounds and EJ Montgomery added 6 points and a pair of blocks in 14 minutes. As a team, Kentucky is averaging 69 points per game on 38% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 78.1% from the foul line after their opening game.
Eastern Kentucky is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-0-1 ATS I their last 4 non-conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the SEC. Kentucky is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 17-5 in their last 22 home games.
Laying these kinda of lines is always risky as you’re banking on Kentucky to get up enough that they don’t take their foot off of the gas and let the Colonels slide in for a backdoor cover. However, Kentucky had to grind it out, but the Wildcats looked solid in picking up their win over Michigan State, making a clear case to be the top ranked team in the country when the next poll comes out. Eastern Kentucky has issues covering numbers on the road dating back to last season, and Rupp Arena is just a hard environment to go on the road and compete let alone win outright. I’ll lay the points with Kentucky in what should be a rout from start to finish.