NCAA College Basketball Betting – Kentucky vs Tennessee ATS Picks

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

By Tom Wilkinson
NCAA Basketball Kentucky vs Tennessee

It is a matchup of Top 10 NCAA College Basketball teams on Saturday afternoon, as the No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats visit the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers in a game that can be seen on CBS. These teams met just a couple of weeks ago and it was Kentucky winning 86-69 at home. If the Volunteers are going to win the SEC, then this is pretty much a must-win game. Let’s look at Saturday’s game and college basketball picks.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Tennessee Volunteers

  • Date and Time: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
  • CBB Odds at Betcris: Check Back Later
  • Kentucky vs. Tennessee TV Coverage: CBS
Basketball Sports Betting

Kentucky has won each of their last three games since the win over Tennessee, including a tough win against Arkansas on Tuesday. The Wildcats will have an extra day of rest, as Tennessee had a tough game at Mississippi on Wednesday. The Wildcats have been a good road team this NCAA College Basketball season, as they are 6-2 ATS, with three games going over the total and five going under. They are averaging 78 points per game and giving up 64.9 per contest. Tennessee has not been that great against the spread at home, as they are just 6-8-1 ATS, with five games going over the total and ten going under. They are averaging 83.6 points per game and giving up 68 per contest.

Previous Meeting

The Wildcats dominated the Volunteers in their NCAA meeting in Lexington a couple of weeks ago. PJ Washington had 23 points, Keldon Johnson 19 and Tyler Herro 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Volunteers just couldn’t handle the pace of Kentucky and the game really wasn’t close. The Wildcats were 3.5-point home favorites in that game with the total at 145.

SEC Title Race

It is a three-team race for the top spot between Kentucky, Tennessee and LSU. There is a real chance the teams could tie for the top spot in the conference and that would be bad news for Kentucky, as they would finish third. Both Kentucky and Tennessee can clinch at least a share of the SEC title by winning out.

Key Stats

The Volunteers are 3-0 against Kentucky at home with Rick Barnes as head coach. The Wildcats are just 3-5 under head coach John Calipari in Knoxville. Kentucky has won six of the last ten meetings in this series, with five games going under the total, four going over, with one push. The Volunteers have won six of the last ten at home in this series, with seven of the ten going under the total.

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When these two teams met a couple of weeks ago I had Kentucky because I thought they were the better team. I haven’t changed my mind in that regard, as I still think the Wildcats are better than the Volunteers. I do, however, respect Tennessee, especially when they are at home. I still lean to Kentucky in this spot, but I think the better bet is the total. I think Tennessee realized in their earlier meeting that they are not going to win a track meet with Kentucky. If the Volunteers are going to win this game on Saturday they need to control the tempo. Tennessee is thought of as a high scoring team, but Kentucky simply has better players. I think the Volunteers will play a more deliberate style this time around and look to get the ball inside. I think that will result in a lower scoring game that goes under the total.

CBB ATS Betting Pick: Under the Total

CBB Score Prediction: Kentucky 71, Tennessee 70

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