Welcome to our Free College Picks Against Spread. Today we will be analyzing and previewing a big SEC Conference match-up between Tennessee and Kentucky. At the end of the article we will be making our pick, which is always against the spread. Here is our 8th edition of “Free College Picks Against Spread”.
#24 Kentucky (17-6) vs #15 Tennessee (17-5)
Game Time: 7pm ET
Spread: Kentucky -1.5 Venue: Rupp Arena
Article wriiten by Chris Petraccoro
The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off a road loss at Missouri and will host a surging Tennessee Volunteers team on Tuesday night. The Volunteers enter Rupp Arena winning 8 of 9 and riding a 5 game win streak. The two teams squared off on January 6th with Tennessee winning at home 76-65.
Kentucky, whose roster is filled with McDonald’s All-Americans, have yet to hit full stride this season. Freshman Kevin Knox (SF/PF) stands at 6’9 and could likely be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He is producing (15.1ppg/5.7rpg) but only scored 5 pts in 25 minutes of action in a losing effort last time out against Missouri. Kentucky also features 3 other potential 1st round picks. Hamidou Diallo, a 6’5 SG (12ppg/4.3rpg) hasn’t been at the top of his game of late. He has failed to reach double figures in scoring in 5 of the last 6 games. Back-court mate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ,standing at 6’6 (12.7ppg/4.4apg) recently went off for a career high 30 against Vanderbilt in an 83-81 overtime win.
Filling out the cast of first round potential picks is Jarred Vanderbilt , who at 6’8″ possesses a 7’1 wingspan. Known for his quickness and high motor Vanderbilt is only playing 12 min a game after coming off a pre-season foot injury (4ppg/7rpg).
On the other side of the match-up, Tennessee doesn’t have the big name players like a blue-blood Kentucky. However Tennessee has gelled nicely under 3rd year head coach Rick Barnes, who had previously coached at Texas, winning 402 games over a 17 year span. Sophomore Forward Grant Williams, at 6’7 (16.2ppg/6.2rpg) leads the team in scoring. Admiral Schofield, the junior Forward adds (12.5ppg/6.3rpg) and scored 20pts the last time these teams squared off.
The Volunteers also have guards Lamonte Turner(10.7ppg) and Jordan Bowden (9.7ppg) who hits on 47.4% from long range.The Wildcats are only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the Volunteers are a staggering 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.Although the home court should give Kentucky a boost, Tennessee is playing better at the moment. This has the feeling of a hotly contest battle. Look for the Vols to leave Rupp Arena with a close victory and to keep Kentucky reeling.
TAKE TENNESSEE +1.5