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Kentucky vs. Georgia - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Bulldogs (9-2) at Kentucky Wildcats (10-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Rupp Arena)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Coming up from Rupp Arena on Sunday, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats will be matching up on the college basketball court. 

Georgia is currently 9-2 on the year. The Bulldogs have won their last two outings versus Georgia Tech and Temple. In the Temple game, Georgia forward Yante Maten posted 30 points. 

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Kentucky vs. Georgia - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Maten is the leading scorer on the year for Georgia as well, with 20.2 PPG and a team-high 9.3 RPG. The only other Bulldogs player in double-figures is William Jackson with 12.1 PPG and 4.1 APG. 

Over on the Kentucky side, they’re sitting at 10-2 on the season. The Wildcats lost 83-75 to UCLA on December 23, but came back to beat Louisville in their last game. In that one, Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 24 points. 

This season, Hamidou Diallo leads Kentucky on 15.3 PPG, and Kevin Knox is a close second on 15.1 PPG. Also in double-figures for the Wildcats are Gilgeous-Alexander (10.8 PPG), Quade Green (10.4 PPG) and PJ Washington (10.3 PPG). 

Georgia is 4-14 ATS in their last 18 Sunday games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up win. The Bulldogs are also 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the SEC and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games. 

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 13-5-2 ATS in their last 20 Sunday games. Kentucky is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win. 

Georgia is a little top-heavy for my tastes, but they do have a handful of reasonable options a little further down the roster. Defensively the Bulldogs have been solid lately, allowing 66 points or fewer in three of their last five games. That said, I think the Kentucky scoring is going to be too hard to keep up with there, so I’m sticking with the Wildcats.

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