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Kentucky vs. Tennessee - 3/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee vs. Kentucky
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Kentucky -1 -- Over/Under: 141.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats meet Saturday in the college basketball SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Tennessee Volunteers look for another win after beating Mississippi State on Thursday. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 82.2 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 19.3 points and 3.3 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jordan Bone is the third double-digit scorer and Lamonte Turner is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have split their last six non-home games.

The Kentucky Wildcats look for another win after rocking Alabama on Thursday. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 76.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 40.1 percent shooting. PJ Washington is averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while Tyler Herro is averaging 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. Keldon Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Reid Travis is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won five of their last six non-home games.

The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games, 32-15-4 ATS in their last 51 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Volunteers are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the under is 14-5-2 in the last 21 meetings. The under is 20-8 in Wildcats last 28 overall. The over is 10-4 in Volunteers last 14 games following a ATS win. The under is 6-1 in Wildcats last 7 Saturday games.

Both Tennessee and Kentucky are super talented, and both of these teams have blown each other out once this season, so you can make a strong case for either side. While the Vols are the safer pick based on toughness and experience, it's Kentucky who enters this game playing better basketball overall, which includes allowing 39.4 percent shooting in its last five games and putting together some impressive blowouts these last couple of weeks. Kentucky has figured it out and is one of those classic John Calipari teams that is peaking at the right time. I give the slight edge to Kentucky in this SEC toss-up.

Pick:
Kentucky -1

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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