Kentucky at Tennessee: 2/20/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Tennessee Volunteers (15-5) vs Kentucky Wildcats (7-13)
Game Info: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
Betting Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -7 -- Over/Under: 132 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Kentucky Wildcats will travel to Thompson-Boling Arena to take on the 19th ranked Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Kentucky Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-13 on the season after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores, 82-78, this past Wednesday night. Kentucky did a great job prevent Vanderbilt to have success from beyond the arc and was able to hang on late for the victory after taking a 74-68 lead with 1:41 left in regulation. Kentucky shot 41.0% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc while Vanderbilt shot 40.0% from the field and 17.4% from beyond the arc. Kentucky outrebounded Vanderbilt by a 40-39 margin and forced 14 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Davion Mintz who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, & 3 assists.
On the season, Kentucky is averaging 69.8 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kentucky has been led by Brandon Boston Jr. (12.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Keion Brooks Jr. (10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 bpg), Olivier Sarr (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 bpg), & Davion Mintz (10.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -2.5.
The 19th ranked Tennessee Volunteers improved to 15-5 on the season after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks, 93-73, this past Wednesday night. Tennessee had no trouble generating offense against the less than average South Carolina defense and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 62-46 lead with 17:03 left in regulation. Tennessee shot 54.2% from the field and 47.4% from beyond the arc while South Carolina shot 40.0% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc. Tennessee outrebounded South Carolina by a 37-34 margin and won the turnover battle by a 18-16 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Volunteers was Victor Bailey Jr. who had 29 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Tennessee is averaging 73.8 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Volunteers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee has been led by Jalen Springer (12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Victor Bailey Jr. (10.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), John Fulkerson (10.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), & Santiago Vescovi (9.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 3.9.
The Wildcats are 3-12-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Volunteers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Tennessee comes into this game with an impressive home record of 11-2 and you must like their chances to get a season sweep against the Wildcats after defeating Kentucky by an 82-71 margin on the road about two weeks ago. Kentucky has been awful ATS this season and between the fact that the Wildcats are just 3-5 on the road and their offense will most likely struggled against the Volunteers 16th ranked scoring defense, I think Tennessee gets another double-digit win in this one and covers this spread. Good Luck!