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Kentucky vs. Tennessee - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee Volunteers (12-13) at Kentucky Wildcats (19-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats square off Thursday at the Rupp Arena.

The Tennessee Volunteers could use a win to get back to a .500 record. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 76.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Kevin Punter is averaging 22.3 points and 3.6 assists while Armani Moore is averaging 11.3 points and eight rebounds. Robert Hubbs III is the third double-digit scorer and Devon Baulkman is dishing 1.8 assists. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Volunteers are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

Kentucky vs. Tennessee - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 78.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 18.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while Tyler Ulis is averaging 16.7 points and 6.7 assists. Alex Poythress is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Briscoe is dishing 3.4 assists. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats haven’t lost a home game since February of 2014.

The Volunteers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Volunteers are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Kentucky and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

Tennessee beat Kentucky about a week ago, but playing at home and playing at Rupp Arena are completely different. The Vols are not a good road team and is coming off a brutal loss to Missouri. I see this game getting ugly. Look for the Wildcats to win with a blowout.

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Kentucky Wildcats -15

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