How To Bet the Tennessee Volunteers Vs Kentucky Wildcats SpreadJosh Bailey
The 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 SEC) host the Tennessee Volunteers (12-13, 5-7 SEC) on Thursday, Feb. 18, looking for revenge after the Vols upset Kentucky 84 to 77 earlier this season. The game takes place at Adolph Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm ET.
Kentucky has covered in 3 straight games. The Wildcats now have a winning home ATS record of 8 and 6. Tennessee is 2-2 straight up in their last four.
A Closer Look At How To Bet the Tennessee Volunteers vs No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats College Basketball Spread
The college basketball betting spread favors Kentucky by a colossal 17-points to beat Tennessee. The game total for over/under bets is 150.5 points. The money line odds are not available at this time.
Public consensus is evenly split with 54% on Kentucky Wildcats to cover. The point spread opened at UK -15. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Kentucky Wildcats to cover.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 31-31 ATS, but that is better than the Volunteers who are 24-31 ATS. In 2 meetings, both teams covered once.
- 2/17/2015: Kentucky won 66 to 48, Kentucky covered -13.5, Game came under 119.5
- 2/2/2016: Tennessee won 84 to 77, Tennessee covered +8, Game went over 152.5
What: Tennessee Volunteers (12-13) at No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats (19-6)
When: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
Stadium: Rupp Arena
Spread: Kentucky Wildcats -17
Game Total: 150.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Tennessee vs Kentucky
Bet The Tennessee Volunteers Because…
History can repeat itself. On Feb. 2 as an 8 point home dog, the Tennessee Volunteers won straight up 84 to 77. In that game, Tennessee held Kentucky to 41.9% from the field and 31.8% from three. The Wildcats usually shoot 47.6% from the field and 34.5% from three. Tennessee was also strong on offense. The Vols shot 41% from the field, Kentucky usually allows 39% from the field. The Vols also shot 42% from three. Kentucky usually allows around 33% from three. Kentucky committed more turnovers than Tennessee, 11 to 8. Tennessee out rebounded Kentucky 34 to 31. Why can’t history repeat itself on Feb. 18?
Bet The Kentucky Wildcats Because…
Now that the light bulb is on in Lexington, it shouldn’t go off again. The Kentucky Wildcats are 3 and 0 both straight up and against the spread in their last 3 games. No win was as impressive as the 89 to 62 beat down that the Wildcats put onto the South Carolina Gamecocks on Feb. 13. Coach John Calipari got booted from the game early. It didn’t matter. Kentucky was phenomenal in their awesome destruction of the Gamecocks. If Kentucky can keep up the excellent play, they should easily handle the over matched Vols on Thursday night.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Yes, Kentucky is a much better team than Tennessee. But the Wildcats haven’t kept their focus for much of this season. Will they continue to focus now that they’ve won 3 games in a row?
The Wildcats may not need to. As impressive as the win over Kentucky was, it didn’t prove to be a turning point for the Volunteers. Tennessee has gone 1 and 2 straight up in the 3 games since the win over the Wildcats. To make matters worse for the Vols, they’re 0 and 4 straight up and ATS in their last 4 road games. They didn’t play a single team as good as Kentucky in those 4 losses. The Wildcats should roll to an easy win in this Thursday Night matchup.