March Madness South Round 1 Picks

Bet UK vs Georgia

The 13th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats and unranked Georgia Bulldogs will both look to extend their modest winning streaks when they square off in their SEC showdown on Saturday, February 18 at 6:00 PM ET. The Dogs will host their longtime rivals at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia with this matchup airing live on ESPN

Now, let’s find out where the value is in this matchup.

How To Bet The Kentucky Wildcats Vs Georgia Bulldogs

What: No.13 Kentucky Wildcats (21-5) at Georgia Bulldogs (15-11)
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Start Time: 6:00 PM ET  
Where: Athens, Georgia
Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum
Spread: UK -6.5 (-107)
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Kentucky vs Georgia

Why Bet The Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky has won three straight and comes into this contest off an 83-58 ‘payback extracting’ blowout of Tennessee on Tuesday after falling to the Volunteers 82-80 on Jan. 24 in Knoxville.

"It was good," Kentucky coach John Calipari said of the win. "That was a team that beat us and beat us good last time. They did whatever they wanted."

Sweet-shooting freshman swingman Malik Monk scored a team-high 20 points. Senior forward Derek Willis came off the bench to add 16 points and freshman guard De’Aaron Fox had 13 points.

"I think you see us different defensively. I think you see us different in transition defense. I think you see the difference offensively. Some of the rebooting you’re seeing. And that’s part of the what we did. That’s what we have been working on. We were playing that way early, we got away from it, so it makes us look like a different team."

Why Bet The Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have won two straight and enter this matchup coming off a 79-72 win over Mississippi State on Tuesday as junior forward Yante Maten scored a team-high 24 points to lead Georgia to victory.  Senior point guard J.J. Frazier scored all 17 of his points in the second half and Juwan Parker added 16 points.

UK vs Georgia Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

I don’t see any sense in beating around the bush since I fully expect Kentucky to pound the hell out of Georgia, likely by halftime as they continue to get their act together in preparation of March Madness.

Kentucky averages almost 17 points per game more than Georgia and it is that kind of difference in offensive firepower that will be the difference in this contest. The Wildcats win by a dozen points minimum to cover the spread as a nearly double-digit road favorite.

My final score prediction is Kentucky 86 Georgia 69