Ole Miss vs Kentucky Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/13/24

Kentucky (16-7) vs Ole Miss (18-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center)

Betting Odds: Kentucky -8.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ole Miss Rebels will play the Kentucky Wildcats in a SEC game on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Ole Miss has lost two games in a row, while Kentucky has lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ole Miss vs Kentucky prediction.

Ole Miss Preview

The Ole Miss Rebels are 18-5 (5-5) this season after they lost to South Carolina by a score of 68-65 in their last game. Ole Miss trailed 43-31 at halftime, but they did win the second half 34-25 in the close loss. The Rebels shot 50.9% from the field and were -4 in rebounding margin in the game. Ole Miss lost to Auburn by a score of 91-77 in the game prior to South Carolina, but they did win the previous three games. The Rebels are scoring 76.4 points per game with 34 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game, while allowing 71.4 points against per game this year. Matthew Murrell is averaging 16.8 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game. Ole Miss is shooting 45.9% from the field, 74.9% on free throws, and 38.7% on three pointers this season.

Kentucky Preview

The Kentucky Wildcats are 16-7 (6-4) this year after they lost to Gonzaga by a score of 89-85 in their last game. Kentucky trailed 42-32 at halftime, but they did score 53 points in the second half in the loss. The Wildcats shot 45.9% from the field and were -12 in rebounding margin in the game. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt by a score of 109-77 in the game prior to Gonzaga, but lost to Tennessee and Florida before that. The Wildcats are scoring 89.5 points per game with 38.7 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per game, while giving up 78.8 points against per game this season. Antonio Reeves is averaging 19.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 1.7 assists per game. Kentucky is shooting 49.1% from the field, 75.1% on free throws, and 41% on three pointers this year. 

Kentucky Wildcats Team Facts

  • Kentucky has won 45 of its last 49 games at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center when playing with a rest disadvantage.
  • Each of Kentucky's last 10 night games at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center have produced a total of 166+ points.
  • Kentucky has won the first half in each of its last 10 night games at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center against non-AP-ranked opponents.

Ole Miss Rebels Team Facts

  • Ole Miss has lost each of its last 12 games against AP-ranked opponents.
  • Each of Ole Miss' last 15 night games against AP-ranked opponents have produced a total of 155 or fewer points.
  • Ole Miss has lost the first half in seven of its last eight night games against AP-ranked opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Kentucky ranks 1st among Division 1 teams for three-point percentage this season (41.0%).
  • Kentucky ranks 1st among Division 1 teams for field goals made per game this season (32.5).
  • Ole Miss ranks 6th among Division 1 teams for blocks per game this season (6.0).
  • Ole Miss ranks 11th among Division 1 teams for three-point percentage this season (38.7%).

Ole Miss vs Kentucky Betting Prediction

Kentucky comes into this matchup after losing three of their last four games and their defense has been really bad recently. The Wildcats have allowed 89, 77, 103, and 94 points in their last four games and they are one of the worst defensive teams in the conference. Ole Miss has been up and down in conference play, but they have lost two games in a row to Auburn and South Carolina. I think we are going to see plenty of points in this game and I am taking the over here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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