Tennessee vs. Kentucky - 3/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kentucky Wildcats (23-10) at Tennessee Volunteers (25-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The SEC championship comes to us on Selection Sunday as the #4 seed Kentucky Wildcats take on the #2 seed Tennessee Volunteers in a college basketball matchup.
The Kentucky Wildcats sealed their seat in the SEC championship game thanks to an 86-63 win over Arkansas in their last outing. Kenyan Gabriel went a perfect 7 of 7 from 3-point range for a team-high 23 points with 3 blocks, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came 2nd with 19 points along with a team-high 8 assists. PJ Washington added 14 points and a team-high 8 rebounds while Kevin Knox added 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Kentucky in the win. Quade Green added 8 assists of his own in the winning effort for the Wildcats. Knox leads Kentucky in scoring with 15.6 points per game while Washington leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 5.5 boards per game and Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Wildcats in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Kentucky is scoring 76.7 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 69.3% from the foul line this season.
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The Tennessee Volunteers punched their ticket to the conference title game thanks to an 84-66 win over Alabama in their last outing. Jordan Bone led the Vols with 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 3 triples while Admiral Schofield came 2nd with 16 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. Kyle Alexander, Grant Williams and James Daniel III each added 12 points to round out the double digit scoring for the Volunteers in the win. Alexander added 7 rebounds of his own while Williams, like the aforementioned Bone, added a team-high 4 assists and Daniel III contributed 3 triples. Lamonte Turner added 9 points and 4 assists of his own in the winning effort for Tennessee. Williams leads Tennessee in scoring with 15.3 points per game while Schofield leads Tennessee in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game and Bone leads the Vols in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is scoring 74.3 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 75.5% from the foul line this season.
Kentucky has a coaching advantage with Coach Cal who has forgotten more conference championship games than some coaches have played. However, this is a young Kentucky team that hasn’t had the pressure of a conference championship game. Granted, neither have the Vols, but Tennessee has a lot of veteran leadership that has experience in big games. The Tennessee swept Kentucky in the regular season, and since the line is so low and we are basically picking a winner, I think the Vols win the SEC tournament title.