It looked for a little while as though Kentucky would not be repeating as a regular season champion in the SEC, but a total collapse by the Texas A&M Aggies has opened the door. There is still some work to be done, though, but given the games that the Wildcats have left on their schedule, they look like a shoe-in bet to be at the top of the SEC once the regular season comes to a close next weekend. The Vanderbilt Commodores will be trying to play the role of spoiler on Saturday, but there are some serious doubts as to whether or not they are up to the task. This has been a season of surprises in the NCAA, so is it possible that we may have one more big shocker waiting in the wings. That is something to consider before placing your college hoops online wager for this game .
Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores NCAAB Spread Analysis
When: Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM EST
Where: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville
Radio: Vanderbilt IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAA Odds: TVA
Why bet on the Kentucky Wildcats
It took the Wildcats (21-7, 11-4) a little bit of time to get rolling this season, but they seem to have finally built up a good head of steam at just the right time. The come into this one having won 5 of their last 6 games, with their only loss during that run coming in OT at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies. While Kentucky has been solid on home court all season long, they have not been quite as dominant on the road. Their 76-57 win over Vanderbilt earlier in the season suggests another easy win might be on the cards here, but that difference in play at home and on the road makes that notion a little bit iffy. The Wildcats are averaging 78.8 PPG, and are giving up 67.0 PPG.
Why bet on the Vanderbilt Commodores
The Commodores (17-11, 9-6) will be well aware of how badly they were beaten when they last went up against the Wildcats, but they will also be aware that they are playing much better ball right now. The Commodores are coming into this game on a run that has seen them win 4 of their last 5. They are also unbeaten in their last 5 games on home court, and have a win over a ranked Texas A&M team to hang their hats on this season. They would love to be the team that prevents Kentucky from repeating as regular season SEC champion, so look for them to put up a fight here. Vanderbilt are averaging 77.3 PPG, and are giving up 67.2 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While I don’t see this one being the blowout that the last meeting between these two served up, I do still think that Kentucky are just too strong for Vanderbilt. I like this one to stay close for a while, but think that the Wildcats will pull away coming down the stretch.