Tennessee at Kentucky 2012 College Basketball Picks: The Kentucky Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches men’s basketball polls, will defend their top ranking Tuesday when rival Tennessee (10-11) pays a visit to Rupp Arena for a SEC battle. The Wildcats are looking for their 14th straight win and 22nd on the season. Tennessee is struggling having lost four of its last six games. ESPNU will televise the game with tip-off scheduled for 7 pm ET.
As expected, oddsmakers at TopBet.com list the Wildcats as big 16 1/2-chalk favorites at home with a 131 1/2 combined score (over/under) total. Moneyline prices are currently off the College Basketball Odds board.
The Wildcats hold an 85-16 advantage when playing Tennessee in Lexington and an advantage of 146-66 all time. Vols head coach Counzo Martin has an 0-1 coaching record against Kentucky.
Potential bettors on this game should take note that Tennessee plays very good defense and have held three elite teams to their lowest scoring output of the season. The Vols held Florida to 56 points, Kentucky to 65 and UConn to 57. In their last six games the Vols are holding opponents to an average of 58.7 points, four of those were ranked.
Kentucky was challenged by Tennessee when they last played on Jan. 14, holding on for a 65-62 victory.
College Basketball Prediction: I don’t expect the Vols to play Kentucky as close as they did in Knoxville but their defense should keep the team within 16 1/2 points. My Pick: Vols +16 1/2.
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