Tennessee vs Kentucky 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Tennessee vs Kentucky 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Written by on March 3, 2020

The sixth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats will be looking to extend their winning ways when they host a Tennessee Volunteers squad that is looking to find the consistency that has eluded them all season long. With the Cats looking toward the SEC Tournament and ensuing March Madness national championship tournament and Tennessee completely desperate right now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their College Basketball Odds for the Tennessee vs Kentucky matchup.

Tennessee vs Kentucky 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

  • When: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET
  • Where: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, Lexington, KY
  • TV: ESPN
  • NCAAB Odds: Kentucky -8.5 / Total: 131

Why Bet On Tennessee

The Vols snapped a two-game skid  by getting past Florida 63-58 on Sunday despite being 6-point home underdogs against the Gators. Freshman guard Josiah-Jordan James led the way to victory by scoring 12 points while adding eight rebounds and six assists.

“I feel like it makes the game easier for a lot of people on both ends of the court, especially on the offense and not pressure on the other four starters,” James told reporters when asked about playing his best. “It allows them to play more freely. Just being in attack mode and trying to find others, definitely opens up the floor.”

Tennessee averages 66.7 points per game (296th) while allowing 63.2 points per game defensively (31st). The Volunteers have gone an uninspiring 3-7 on the road this season.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 66.72
  • Field Goal %: 43.19
  • Three Point %: 30.65
  • Free Throw %: 74.48
  • Total Rebounds: 34.9

Defense

  • Total Score: Tennessee Volunteers
  • Field Goal %: 63.17
  • Three Point %: 39.69
  • Free Throw %: 32.05
  • Total Rebounds: 70.16

TEAM1 vs TEAM2 NHL Betting Trends

  • Volunteers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
  • Volunteers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
  • Volunteers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win.

Why Bet On Kentucky

The Wildcats have won eight straight  and claimed their 49th regular season SEC title by pulling out a hard-fought 73-66 win over Auburn to cover the spread as a 5.5-point home favorite as sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley scored a team-high 18 points while adding 12 rebounds.

“I think a lot of people doubted us early,” Quickley told the media. “We lost a couple tough games in Vegas and people were questioning us if we could get to this point, questioning if we could eventually get a Final Four or a championship or something like that. But we stayed faithful to the grind and trusted the process and we’re here now.”

Kentucky averages 74.6 points per game (90th) while allowing 65.4 points per game defensively (70th). The Wildcats have gone a stellar 16-1 at home this season.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 74.59
  • Field Goal %: 46.15
  • Three Point %: 33.1
  • Free Throw %: 79.58
  • Total Rebounds: 37.24

Defense

  • Total Score: Kentucky Wildcats
  • Field Goal %: 65.45
  • Three Point %: 38.65
  • Free Throw %: 29.88
  • Total Rebounds: 68.07

TEAM1 vs TEAM2 NHL Betting Trends

  • Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
  • Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
  • Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Tennessee vs Kentucky Expert Analysis and Prediction

Kentucky smacked Tennessee around en route to a 77-64 win in Tennessee on Feb. 8 and I’m fully expecting the Wildcats to record another double-digit win in this matchup at home. The Volunteers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win while Kentucky has gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Wildcats are firing on all cylinders right now and Tennessee just can’t find the consistency they need in order to take down an elite title contender like the Wildcats. Kentucky wins by double digits to cover the chalk!

Pick: Kentucky 78 Tennessee 67

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