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Kentucky vs. Tennessee - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee Volunteers (17-5) at Kentucky Wildcats (17-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Rupp Arena.

The Tennessee Volunteers look for a statement victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 77.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 16.2 points and two assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Lamonte Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Bowden is dishing 1.8 assists. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have won five of their last seven road games.

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Kentucky vs. Tennessee - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats need a victory here after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 76.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Kevin Knox is averaging 15.1 points and 5.7 rebounds while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 12.7 points and 4.4 assists. Hamidou Diallo is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won 13 of their last 14 home games.

The Volunteers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Southeastern and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern. The Volunteers are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Kentucky, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Tennessee Volunteers are a team that has to be growing on you, as they've played consistent ball all year, have won on the road and are outscoring teams by 18.2 points during this winning streak. The Vols also have a win over Kentucky this season. Even with that said, this is the time of year where the Kentucky Wildcats start to come together, as the kids are a little more grown up now and guys know their role. It's also a different beast winning in the Rupp Arena than it is beating UK at home. Kentucky is a really balanced team at home and is outscoring teams by 11.1 points. If we were getting more points, I'd lean Tennessee, but in a near pick em, I'm siding with Kentucky at home.

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