Gonzaga vs Kentucky Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/10/24

Kentucky (16-6) vs Gonzaga (17-6)

Game Info: Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 4:00 pm (Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center)

Betting Odds: Kentucky -5.5 - Over/Under: 169.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs will travel to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats in non-conference play this Saturday from the Rupp Arena on CBS. Kentucky comes in as 5.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 169.5. Stay tuned for our Gonzaga vs Kentucky Prediction. 

Gonzaga Bulldogs Preview

Gonzaga jumped to 17-6 after defeating Portland in Spokane, 96-64. The Zags took flight on the Pilots in the first half to cruise to a victory, and they’ll look to tack on a much needed non-conference win here in Lexington.  Gonzaga is scoring 84.7 points per game, on 50.7% shooting, while allowing 67.6 ppg, and they’re currently third in the WCC with a 8-2 record in league play.

Gonzaga Team Profile

  • Wyoming transfer Graham Ike has hit the 20-point mark in four of the previous seven games, and he now leads the Bulldogs in scoring (15.0), while grabbing 7.2 rpg.  
  • Veteran forward Anton Watson scored 20 points in the win over Portland, and he leads Gonzaga in rebounding (7.6), while averaging 14.8 ppg. 
  • Former Creighton guard Ryan Nembhard has dished out a team-leading 5.8 apg, while scoring 12.4 ppg.
  • Seattle native Nolan Hickman led the way with 24 points in the LMU victory, and he’s third on the team at 13.0 ppg. 

 

Kentucky Wildcats Preview

Kentucky improved to 16-6 after defeating Vanderbilt in Nashville, 109-77. The Wildcats blitzed the Commodores in both halves, and they’ll look to add to their impressive non-conference resume here against the Bulldogs. UK is scoring 89.7 points per game, on 49.2% shooting, while allowing 78.3 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the SEC with a 6-4 record in conference play.

Kentucky Team Profile

  • Senior guard Antonio Reeves has scored 21 points or more in six of the last eight games, and he leads UK in scoring (19.7).
  • Freshman guard Rob Dillingham poured in a career-high 35 points in the shootout with Tennessee last weekend, and he’s averaging 15.5 ppg and a team-leading 4.1 apg.  
  • First-year guard Reed Sheppard went for a team-high 24 points in the Florida matchup, and he’s up to 12.0 ppg.  
  • Leading rebounder Tre Mitchell (12.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg) missed the Vanderbilt matchup, and his status should be monitored for this high stakes bout. 

Gonzaga vs Kentucky Trends

  • GON is 10-12 against the spread, with a 9-13 O/U record
  • UK is 13-9 ATS, with a 17-5 over/under record.

Gonzaga vs Kentucky Prediction

Big, big midseason spot for both programs, and it’s hard to look away from the blue bloods in their building. Kentucky excelled during the non-conference slate before suffering a few hiccups in league play, and they match up well with an experienced Gonzaga team. The total could be an option here with two of top offenses in the country, but let’s trust Kentucky at home, and back them this Saturday afternoon in this heavyweight battle.

Corey’s Pick Kentucky TO COVER

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