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Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Kentucky
The Line
The Line: Kentucky -13 -- Over/Under: 151.5
TV Channel
SEC
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The Vanderbilt Commodores and Kentucky Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Rupp Arena.

The Vanderbilt Commodores look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Vanderbilt Commodores are averaging 80.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Darius Garland is averaging 16.2 points and 3.8 rebounds while Simisola Shittu is averaging 14.6 points and 2.2 assists. Saben Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Toye is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Vanderbilt Commodores are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Vanderbilt Commodores are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Vanderbilt Commodores have lost two of their last three road games.

The Kentucky Wildcats look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 82.6 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Keldon Johnson is averaging 15.6 points and 1.7 assists while Reid Travis is averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Tyler Herro is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 38.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats haven’t lost a home game since February 6 of last year.

The Commodores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Southeastern and 13-32 ATS in their last 45 games overall. The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Southeastern and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Commodores are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Kentucky and 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The over is 9-3 in Wildcats last 12 Saturday games. The under is 6-2 in Commodores last 8 overall.

The Vanderbilt Commodores are a bit hit and miss, but they've been competitive in nearly every game this season and have a history of taking Kentucky down to the wire recently. The last four meetings between Kentucky and Vanderbilt have been decided by six or less points, including an overtime game a year ago. The Kentucky Wildcats are also just 5-8 ATS this season as a favorite, as they have a hard time putting teams away and covering these decent sized numbers. I'm going to side with Vanderbilt and the points on the road.

Pick:
Vanderbilt +13

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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