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Auburn vs. Kentucky - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kentucky at Auburn
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Auburn Arena
Auburn, Alabama
The Line
Auburn Tigers -4.5 O/U: 146.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Auburn Tigers will meet up in college basketball activity on Saturday.

Kentucky rolls into this matchup at 13-3 on the season. Since falling to Alabama on January 5, Kentucky has gotten past Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Georgia in their last three games.

In the win over the Bulldogs, Kentucky’s Asthon Hagans led the team on 23 points, four assists and five rebounds. Tyler Herro added 12 points with seven rebounds and PJ Washington logged 10 points with six boards for the Wildcats.

Over on the Auburn side, they’re 13-3 as well this year. The Tigers lost January 9 to Mississippi, but in their last two games they’ve beaten Georgia and Texas A&M handily.

In the win over the Aggies, Auburn’s top scorer was Bryce Brown with 22 points, three assists and three rebounds. Jared Harper added 17 points with six assists, and Austin Wiley pulled down 12 rebounds for the Tigers.

The Wildcats are 13-6 in the last 19 versus a team with a winning straight-up record and the over is 9-3 in their last 12 versus the SEC. The over is 18-6 in Kentucky’s last 24 following an ATS win and 9-4 in their last 13 Saturday games.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven following a straight-up win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus the SEC. Auburn is 2-6 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games versus a team with a winning road record.

The loss to Alabama probably still stings the Wildcats a bit, but they’ve got no time to think about it with three straight games against ranked teams ahead—beginning with this one.

Mississippi tightened the screws against Auburn, holding them to 67 points and providing a blueprint on how to go about playing the Tigers, so even though they’ve been putting in big points otherwise I’m a little concerned about their offensive outlook here.

This is obviously a must-watch game for just about everyone, and it might be best to just sit back and enjoy it. Still, I’m leaning toward Kentucky here since they have the tools and the talent to play the right type of ball that will contain Auburn. Give me the Cats.

Pick:
Kentucky Wildcats +4.5

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