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Kentucky vs. Tennessee - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee at Kentucky
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Kentucky
The Line
Kentucky Wildcats -3 O/U: 145.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Tennessee at Kentucky
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The Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats will meet up on the college basketball court Saturday.

Tennessee glides into this matchup at 23-1 on the season. The Volunteers’ lone loss came way back on November 23 and they’ve dispatched everyone since then, including Texas A&M, Missouri, Florida and South Carolina in just their last four.

In the win over the Gamecocks, Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield led the team on 21 points and 10 rebounds with one assist. Jordan Bowden added 16 points and four rebounds for the Volunteers there, and three other players finished with 10 points.

Over on the Kentucky side, they’re 20-4 this year. The Wildcats were riding a 10-game win streak, but lost a 40-32 halftime edge to LSU later on in the game during their last outing and ended up losing by two points.

In the loss to the Tigers, Kentucky forward PJ Washington led the way on 20 points with nine rebounds and three assists. Keldon Johnson added 16 points and five rebounds for the Wildcats there, and Tyler Herro chipped in 12 points.

The Volunteers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 after an ATS loss. Tennessee is 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 overall.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games and 8-1 ATS in the last nine overall. Kentucky is 7-1 ATS in their last eight versus the SEC and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 after a straight-up loss.

This one will obviously be the marquis matchup of the day, and it’ll be must-see television for any basketball fan.

Tennessee really hasn’t had too many issues with any team since Alabama (71-68) back on January 19, but could be pushed to their limit in this game. Kentucky lost some of their luster with the 73-71 loss to LSU in their last outing, but I expect the Wildcats to drop it from memory and come in ready as always.

Both teams are pretty steady ATS lately, but Kentucky seems a little hotter on that front. This should be a close game from front to back, but with the Wildcats favored I’m going Tennessee.

Pick:
Tennessee Volunteers +3

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