Kentucky Vs Tennessee Line & Expert PickNoah Williams
The second game of ESPN’s NCAA hoops double-header features the Kentucky Wildcats visiting the Tennessee Volunteers. Click here to bet on the first game. The NCAA hoops betting line favors the Kentucky by 9.5-points to beat Tennessee. Tip-off is this Tuesday, January 24th at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Kentucky Wildcats Vs Tennessee Volunteers Line & Expert Pick
What: No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats (17-2) at Tennessee Volunteers (10-9)
When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Knoxville, Tennessee
Stadium: Thompson-Boling Arena
Spread: UK -9.5
Moneyline: UK -600
Game Total: 167.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Kentucky vs Tennessee
Why Bet The Kentucky Wildcats To Beat The Volunteers
The Kentucky Wildcats have won seven straight games, including an 85-69 win over South Carolina in their last outing. They are 17-2 SU and 12-7 ATS this season. They average 92.9 points per game (3rd) and give up 72.1 points per game (182nd).
The Wildcats shoot 49.9% from the field (9th) and 35.9% from three points (143rd). Freshman guard Malik Monk (21.7 PPG & 2.4 RPG) and was unstoppable against South Carolina, scoring 27 points on 9-14 from the field. Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox (16.2 PPG & 6.0 APG) ranks first in assists in and second in scoring for the Wildcats is day-to-day. He missed most of Saturday’s win over South Carolina with an ankle injury. He was in a boot Saturday, but entered the practice facility with both ankles taped.
"It’s not swelled," Monk said about his teammate. "I think it might’ve been a stinger, I don’t know. Something hit his ankle, so he’s in a boot. But they said there’s no swelling."
Kentucky averages 40.9 rebounds per game (9th) and 6.5 steals. They have 20.9 point differential this season.
Why Bet The Tennessee Volunteers To Beat The Wildcats
The last time on the hard-court, the Tennessee Volunteers beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs 91-74 and improved to 10-9 SU and 9-8 ATS this season. They average 77.8 points per game (84th) and allow 74.1 points per game (234th).
The Volunteers shoot 44.3% from the field (189th) and 33.1% from three points (257th). Tennessee is led by senior guard Robert Hubbs III (14.7 PPG & 4.9 RPG) and next comes freshman forward Grant Williams (10.8 PPG & 5.5 RPG) followed by a stream of young talent. In their win against the Bulldogs, Hubbs III had 19 points, and Williams added 17.
"It’s just toughness, energy and effort, just trying to out-tough the other team and give more energy than the other team," said Tennessee’s Lew Evans.
Tennessee averages 37.4 rebounds per game (128th) and 6.2 steals. Their point differential is a slim 3.8 points this season.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Volunteers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Volunteers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
- Wildcats are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite.
Analyzing My Kentucky Vs Tennessee Expert Pick
Common opponents would suggest betting on Kentucky will be ulcer inducing. UK is 6-0 while the Volunteers are 3-3. The strangest comparisons are that the Wildcats won at Ole Miss by 23 points while Tennessee lost in Oxford by 11, a 34-point swing. But the Volunteers whipped Mississippi State by 17 while UK topped the Bulldogs by only seven. Tennessee also won at Vanderbilt by 12 whereas UK only won by six points.
There is one other concern for Kentucky. The Wildcats have a marquee showdown looming on Saturday when No. 2 Kansas visits No. 4 Kentucky. Toss in Fox’s injury and does Tennessee have a shot of covering the 9.5-point line as underdogs?
No! Bet the Wildcats to win and cover!