Kentucky vs. Vermont - 11/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vermont Catamounts (0-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
On Sunday afternoon from Rupp Arena in Lexington, we’ve got college basketball activity coming between the Vermont Catamounts and the Kentucky Wildcats.
Vermont is coming off a 29-5 regular season last year, rattling off an impressive 21-game win streak to close things out. In the NCAA Tournament, the Catamounts’ run was thwarted in the first round with an 80-70 loss to Purdue.
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Vermont will be retaining their top two scorers from last year in Anthony Lamb and Payton Henson. Lamb managed 12.8 PPG with 5.5 RPG while Henson had 11.5 PPG with 5.3 RPG. Trae Bell-Haynes is back as well with 11.2 PPG from last year.
As for Kentucky, they managed to go 29-5 before the tournament last year, finishing out the year with a 10-game winning streak. In the NCAA Tourney, Kentucky took care of Northern Kentucky, Wichita State and UCLA before falling to North Carolina in the Elite Eight.
Kentucky started things off on a good note in their opener, taking a 73-63 win over Utah Valley. The high scorer in that one was Hamidou Dallo, who had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. Putting in a nice effort off the bench was Wenyen Gabriel, who had seven points and 13 rebounds but shot just 3-of-13.
The under is 16-5 in the Wildcats’ last 21 overall and 5-0 in their last five home games. The under is 20-7 in Kentucky’s last 27 Sunday games and they’re 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the over is 7-3 in Vermont’s last 10 road games and 7-0-1 in their last eight Sunday games. Vermont is 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine Sunday games and 8-19-1 ATS in their last 28 overall.
Vermont will be retaining a good chunk of their roster this year, which should help them to play well in the early-going. Kentucky, meanwhile, is seeing a bit of turnover and will have to wait for their stars to emerge. The Wildcats didn’t look all that impressive in the first half against Utah Valley, trailing 34-25 at the break. I think Kentucky’s got a bit of an uphill battle coming, so I like Vermont to get in there and cover in this one.