The 20th ranked Kentucky Wildcats travel to Knoxville to take on the SEC Rival Tennessee Volunteers in mid-week college basketball action. Tip-off is on ESPN this Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 pm ET from the Thompson–Boling Arena.
UK is looking for another win after winning seven of their last 10 games while the Vols are struggling after losing five of their last seven and are in need of a victory.
How To Bet the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats Vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds
The college basketball betting odds favor UK by 5.5-points to beat U of T. The Las Vegas oddsmakers have not released a money line or game total at the time of writing.
What: No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats (16-5) at Tennessee Volunteers (10-11)
When: TUE 02/02
Kickoff: 7:00 PM EST
Where: Knoxville, Tennessee
Stadium: Thompson–Boling Arena
Spread: UK -5.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: UK vs TENN
Bet The No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats Because…
Kentucky is once again one of the top teams in the nation after their near win over Kansas in Kansas this past Saturday. The Wildcats took Kansas into overtime before losing 84 to 90 to the Jayhawks. Kansas is almost impossible to beat on the road. The fact that Kentucky almost upset the Jayhawks is a testament to how well Kentucky is playing. The Wildcats had beaten Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Missouri all in a row before the Kansas loss. Kentucky’s defense, which allows an average of 67.5 points per game, should have no trouble handling Tennessee’s offense, which only shoots 42.3% on average from the field.
Bet The Tennessee Volunteers Because…
The Vols will have a rollicking crowd behind it on Tuesday night. The last time that Tennessee played at home, on Jan. 23, the Vols dominated South Carolina as a +1.5-point dog. Tennessee beat the Gamecocks 78 to 69. They shot 47.6% from the three-point line. With the crowd behind them, Tennessee has a chance to pull off the upset because, like most teams in college basketball, home court advantage raises the Volunteers’ level of play.
Road Records Since Last Season:
The Kentucky Wildcats are 28-30 ATS, but that is better than the Volunteers who are 22-29 ATS. The Wildcats covered the spread in their one matchup.
2/17/2015: Kentucky won 66 to 48, Kentucky covered -13.5, Game came under 119.5
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Volunteers no doubt will raise their level of play against Kentucky on Tuesday night. The big question is whether or not that will be enough for the Vols to pull off the upset.
It’s unlikely that Tennessee will. Kentucky has been playing well since the stunning 70 to 75 loss to Auburn as a -11.5 point road favorite on Jan. 16. Kentucky beat Arkansas 80 to 66. They dominated Vanderbilt 70 to 67 and they stormed over Missouri 88 to 54. All 3 wins came before the loss to Kansas. I expect Kentucky to easily handle Tennessee on Feb. 2.
My final score prediction is Kentucky 76, Tennessee 62.