Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (5-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (5-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -28.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks look to pull off a massive upset when they face off against the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Friday night as part of the Bluegrass Showcase.
The UTM Skyhawks look to build on an impressive 5-1 start to the season. In their last outing, the Skyhawks defeated Duquesne by a final score of 66-63. UTM shot just 34.8% from the field, however it was their 3-point shooting that made the difference as they made 3 more shots from downtown that the Dukes. Jacolby Mobley led the team with 25 points on 11 of 21 from the floor with 3 3-pointers to go along with 6 rebounds. Matthew Butler was the only other double-digit scorer for the Skyhawks with 13 points on 5 of 16 from the floor. Mobley’s 25-point outing pushes his team lead in points per game to 18.7 points on 40.9% from the floor. Javier Martinez is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.5 rebounds per game while Kedar Edwards is not only the second-leading scorer for UTM, he also leads the Skyhawks with 5.2 assists per game. As a team, UTM is scoring 81.5 points per game on 46.7% from the field, 34.2% from behind the arc and 70.7% from the foul line.
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The #1-ranked Kentucky Wildcats look to keep their momentum going with their sixth straight win to start the year. They improved to 5-0 with a 101-70 dismantline of Cleveland State. Kentucky nailed 52.1% of their shot attempts on the night, with 5 different Wildcats hitting double figures. Malik Monk led Kentucky with 23 points on 8 of 12 with 4 makes from downtown. De’Aaron Fox and Wenyen Gabriel each posted a double-double with Fox putting up 16 points and 11 assists while Gabriel had 10 points to go along with 10 boards on the night. Edrice Adebayo and Mychal Mulder were the other two Wildcats with double figures in the scoring column, putting up 14 and 13 points respectively. Isaiah Briscoe leads Kentucky with 18 points per game, although his status for this one is unclear as he has been dealing with a lower back injury. Edrice Adebayo leads the Cats with 6.4 rebounds per game while De’Aaron Fox’s double-double will surely help his team-leading average of 7.6 assists per game. As a team, Kentucky is putting up 88.6 points per game on 47.6% from the field, 30.5% from 3-point range and 69.9% from the charity stripe.
Tennessee-Martin is 9-0 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the SEC. Kentucky is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games.
UTM has been a covering maching in their last few games, but none of those games were against a behemoth like Kentucky. Both of these teams played Duquesne recently, and while UTM escaped with a 3-point win, Kentucky destroyed the Dukes by 34. Kentucky is on a completely different level than UTM, and will be showing that from the opening tip.
Lay the points with Kentucky.