The No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats will try to keep pace with the leaders in the SEC when the Wildcats take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Tuesday at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. Kentucky (12-3, 2-1 SEC) enters the game in a tie for third in the conference standings, one game behind Auburn (14-1, 3-0) and a half game behind second place Texas A&M (13-2, 2-0). The Wildcats are coming off a 92-77 win on Saturday against Georgia. Meanwhile the Commodores (9-5, 1-1) are tied for sixth in the SEC. On Saturday they lost to South Carolina, 72-70.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Wildcats are favored by seven points in the latest Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 140. Before locking in any Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.
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- Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt spread: Wildcats -7
- Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt over-under: 140 points
- Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt money line: Wildcats -300, Commodores +240
- UK: Oscar Tshiebwe leads the country in rebounding (15.2 per game).
- VAN: Commodores force 16.9 turnovers per game, which is fourth in the SEC.
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Why Kentucky can cover
Oscar Tshiebwe is a dominant rebounding force. The transfer from West Virginia averages a robust 15.2 rebounds per game, which leads all Div. I players, and ranks second in the country in double-doubles (11). Earlier this season he had 28 rebounds against Western Kentucky, which was the most for a Wildcat in a regulation-length game since Dan Issel grabbed 29 rebounds against LSU on Feb. 22, 1969.
In addition, Kentucky has dominated the series recently against Vanderbilt. The Wildcats have won 10 straight against the Commodores and haven’t lost to Vanderbilt since 2016. Kentucky’s average margin of victory has been 9.5 points a game.
Why Vanderbilt can cover
Vanderbilt is one of the best defensive teams in the SEC. The Commodores allow just 62.4 points a game, which ranks fourth in the conference. They also force 16.9 turnovers per game, which is fourth in the SEC and 23rd in the country.
In addition, Vanderbilt has one of the best scorers in the conference in Scotty Pippen Jr. A son of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, Pippen averages 18.3 points a game, which is second in the SEC. In four career games against Kentucky, he has averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.8 turnovers while making 42.9 percent of his shots.
How to make Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt picks
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