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Kentucky vs. Auburn - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Auburn at Kentucky
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 1:30 PM (EST)
Location
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Kentucky
The Line
The Line: Kentucky -7.5 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
CBS
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The Auburn Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Rupp Arena.

The Auburn Tigers look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 81.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Bryce Brown is averaging 16.3 points and 2.1 rebounds while Jared Harper is averaging 15.2 points and 6.2 assists. Chuma Okeke is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Wiley is grabbing five rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Auburn Tigers have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Kentucky Wildcats look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 13 games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 78.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.3 points on 40.6 percent shooting. PJ Washington is averaging 14.9 points and eight rebounds while Keldon Johnson is averaging 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Tyler Herro is the third double-digit scorer and Reid Travis is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Tigers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Tigers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Kentucky and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 overall. The under is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 overall.

The Auburn Tigers aren't anywhere close to being the same team on the road as they are at home, as they've lost five of their last seven and shoot under 43 percent from the field. Auburn is also just 4-6-1 ATS on the road this season. The Kentucky Wildcats aren't only winning games at an unreal clip, but they've covered nine of their last 11 games and are winning by an average of 18 points at home this season. Kentucky has tightened things up defensively and Auburn is an undisciplined team that can make a ton of mistakes. This is game Kentucky should run away with.

Pick:
Kentucky -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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