Kentucky vs. Texas - 12/5/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (7-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (7-0)
College Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns and Kentucky Wildcats play Friday night at the Rupp Arena in a battle of unbeatens.
The Texas Longhorns are looking like a real Big 12 contender and will play their second true road game. On the season, Texas is averaging 72.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 52.6 points on 30.8 percent shooting. Jonathan Holmes is averaging 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds while Myles Turner is averaging 12.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. Javan Felix is shooting 38.8 percent from the field and Connor Lammert is averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns rely heavily on their size that is producing more than eight blocks and 44.9 rebounds per game. This size and length will come in handy against a long Kentucky team that also rebounds well. Texas is shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and will have to hit some key shots to pull off the upset.
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The Kentucky Wildcats are also unbeaten and will play their fifth straight home game. On the season, Kentucky is averaging 79 points on 47.7 percent shooting and is allowing 44.6 points on 27.9 percent shooting. Aaron Harrison leads Kentucky with 10.4 points on 36.6 percent shooting and Devin Booker is averaging 10.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting from deep. Dakari Johnson is the third Kentucky player to average double-digit points and Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging six rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats are incredibly deep and rely on their size that is producing 44 rebounds and 9.3 blocks per game, which lead the country. Kentucky hasn’t shown many weaknesses early on, but the 65.3 percent shooting from the free throw line and 32.3 percent shooting from deep could be areas that need improvement.
The Longhorns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
The oddmakers love for Kentucky is incredible. Texas has the size to matchup well with the Wildcats, a team that's already struggled at home against Buffalo and Providence. I haven't been on the Kentucky hype train at all this season and getting this many points is a steal in my eyes.