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Tennessee vs. Kentucky - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kentucky at Tennessee
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Tennessee -2.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
CBS
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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Kentucky Wildcats look for another win after winning 13 of their last 14 games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 78 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 40.2 percent shooting. PJ Washington is averaging 15 points and 7.8 rebounds while Tyler Herro is averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 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 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won their last six road games.

The Tennessee Volunteers look for a victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 83.2 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.1 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 19.1 points and 3.4 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. Jordan Bone is the third double-digit scorer and Lamonte Turner is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers haven’t lost a home game since January 2 of last year.

The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Volunteers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Tennessee and the under is 13-5-2 in the last 20 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Volunteers last 6 home games. The under is 7-1 in Wildcats last 8 overall.

The Kentucky Wildcats took it to Tennessee a couple of a weeks ago, winning comfortably as 3.5-point underdogs, but winning at Rupp and playing these experienced Vols on the road is a different story. The Tennessee Volunteers haven't lost at home in over 13 months and are winning at home this season by an average of 19.9 points while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and allowing just 37.4 percent shooting. Kentucky has road success, but none of those teams were as balanced or experienced as these Volunteers. You know players such as Schofield and Williams will have his guys ready this time and look for them to be more physical from the start. I'll lay the bucket.

Pick:
Tennessee -2.5

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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