Kentucky vs. Mississippi - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Mississippi Rebels (13-11) at Kentucky Wildcats (19-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -9.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
The Ole Miss Rebels (13-11, 4-7 CONF) and the #12 Kentucky Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 15th for an SEC matchup at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. The game will be played at 2:00 PM eastern time.
Ole Miss has been on a roll as of late, winning three straight games. All of these games were against SEC opponents, including a nice home win over Florida. In their last game, Ole Miss routed Mississippi State at home 83-58. Ole Miss has played fantastic defense in their last three games, and they will look to continue their hot streak against one of the best teams in the nation. Kentucky has also won three straight games after their last loss to Auburn on the 1st of February. In their last game, Kentucky went on the road and took down Vanderbilt 78-64.
Ole Miss, like many SEC teams, play a defense-first style of basketball. Ole Miss has only allowed 67 points per game to the opposition. The Rebels score 69.8 points per game on 43.3% FG shooting. Ole Miss is led by G Breein Tyree, who averages 20.0 points per game on 43.3% FG shooting himself. Ole Miss also earns 34.2 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 7.3 steals per game.
Kentucky has balanced sufficient offense and defense this season, which is represented by their +9.8 scoring differential. The Wildcats score 75.4 points per game on 46.3% FG shooting. Kentucky is led by G Immanuel Quickley who scores 14.9 points per game. Kentucky allows only 65.6 points per game so far this season. Kentucky also earns 37.9 rebounds, 14.0 assists, 5.2 blocks, and 5.2 steals per game.
Ole Miss is 13-11 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS in their last ten games. Ole Miss is also 3-4 ATS on the road so far this season. Kentucky is 11-12-1 ATS this season and 5-5 ATS in their last ten games. Kentucky is also 5-8-1 ATS at home so far this season.
Let's face it, Kentucky in Rupp Arena is very tough to beat. The Wildcats are certainly not indestructible, but I do not buy Ole Miss' sudden resurgence. I will take Kentucky and lay the 9.5 points.