It was less than one month ago, on a night full of upsets, that Kentucky traveled to Knoxville and picked up its first conference loss in an 82-80 defeat to Tennessee. The Wildcats will look to avenge that loss when they host the Volunteers on Tuesday night. This situation feels eerily similar to last season when UK lost its game in Knoxville only to avenge that L in the rematch.
– Shark Bites
- Tennessee is 0-9 SU and 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road against Kentucky.
- Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games.
- Tennessee is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games on the road.
Kentucky struggled mightily from beyond the arc in the first meeting this season with the squad going 5-for-24 from deep, which was highlighted by Malik Monk going 3-for-13. The Wildcats haven’t exactly rectified this trend since the loss, as they have shot just 34.4 percent from three in their five games since facing Tennessee. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe has been quietly filling out the stats sheet with the guard averaging 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the past six games.
The Volunteers continued their trend of blowing leads in their most recent outing, as they lost 76-75 to Georgia despite holding a 14-point lead on their home court. Robert Hubbs III put the team on his back in the first outing against Kentucky, scoring 25 points while shooting 9-for-14 from the field. However, since then Hubbs has been inconsistent, as he has scored 11 or fewer points on four occasions while shooting less than 30 percent three times.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Odds makers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Kentucky Wildcats as -13-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved, check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.
Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Kentucky Wildcats battles the Tennessee Volunteers, currently sitting with a 14-11 mark (13-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 15-10 for the Kentucky Wildcats and 10-13 for the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Odds – Shark Power Rankings have the Kentucky Wildcats at No. 36 and the Tennessee Volunteers at No. 130 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.
Offensively, the game matches up Kentucky’s No. 4 nationally ranked offense (89.32 points per game) against a Tennessee Volunteers defense that sits as the No. 161 at 73.12 PPG. The Kentucky Wildcats have been averaging 48.48% from the field, more than the Volunteers have managed so far this season (43.96% on average).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Grant Williams went off for 30 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Georgia handed Tennessee a 76-75 defeat at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Malik Monk scored 17 points leading the Wildcats to a 67-58 victory over Alabama at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday.
- Tennessee is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 6 games
- Tennessee is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
- Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Kentucky is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky’s last 6 games
- Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Tennessee home to Missouri, Saturday, February 18th
Kentucky at Georgia, Saturday, February 18th