The Wildcats beat the Volunteers a couple of weeks ago at Rupp Arena and they also covered the NCAA basketball betting line in the 73-62 win.
College basketball betting has Tennessee coming off a loss against Florida on Tuesday. Unless the Volunteers can upset Kentucky in this game on Saturday they will probably fall out of the Top 25. Tennessee was led against Florida by Scotty Hopson who scored 20 points. Wayne Chism has just seven points and one rebound. "He did not play effectively," Vols coach Bruce Pearl said, "They did a good job against him. We really didn't have another inside threat that could score or get fouled. ... Florida's big kids were better than ours tonight." Tennessee has simply not played up to the level of a Top 25 team lately. They are not getting consistent efforts from everyone on a nightly basis.
Tennessee is capable of winning a big game as they handed top-ranked Kansas their only loss of the season in January. The problem for Tennessee is that they are very inconsistent. The Vols will probably make the NCAA Tournament but they could easily lose in the first round. And the Vols have been no bargain at home in college basketball betting as they are 5-6 against the point spread. One thing that has happened in Tennessee home games is that they go under the college basketball betting total. Eight of their ten home games have gone under this season.
Kentucky is actually a better team on the road in college basketball betting than at home. The Wildcats are 5-2 versus the NCAA basketball betting line on the road this season. This game on Saturday looks to be the toughest one that Kentucky has remaining as they finish up at Georgia before hosting Florida in the regular season finale. If the Wildcats can finish the season with just one loss they will guarantee themselves a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Winning at Tennessee on Saturday is a step in that direction. John Wall had 24 points in the win a couple of weeks ago and he will be a key player for Kentucky on Saturday. Eric Bledoe also had a strong game as Kentucky’s guards outplayed the Tennessee backcourt.