NCAA basketball betting has a great matchup in the SEC on Saturday as second-ranked Kentucky visits Vanderbilt.
The Wildcats survived on Tuesday at Mississippi State and they keep finding ways to win. Those that make a college basketball bet believe that Vanderbilt could be Kentucky’s toughest test yet as the Commodores are right with Kentucky for the SEC conference lead.
NCAA basketball betting has this key game being televised on ESPN on Saturday. Kentucky has won six straight since losing their only game of the season at South Carolina. They nearly lost at Mississippi State on Tuesday but John Wall had 18 points, five of which came in overtime and the Wildcats pulled out the 81-75 win. DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson had 19 points each. Wall had 10 rebounds and 8 assists while Cousins had 14 rebounds as college basketball bet stats indicated. Kentucky trailed by seven with about three minutes left but rallied and won in overtime. "We made plays. We made shots. We made blocks. We did enough to win the game and now we’re going to get out of here," Kentucky coach John Calipari said, “We made the plays we had to make," Calipari said. "It’s hard to win on the road anywhere in college basketball."
Kentucky is 25-1 on the season and 10-1 in the SEC. They have struggled against Vanderbilt in the past in NCAA basketball betting. They have lost 6 of the last 10 games against Vandy. They did beat them last month though at Rupp Arena by a score of 85-72. Cousins had a big game in that NCAA basketball betting win as he had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Three-point shooting was also important as the Wildcats hit 12 of 23 from long range in that college basketball bet win. Winning at Vanderbilt has been another story though as Kentucky is 1-4 in the last four trips to Vandy. Three of the last four between these teams have gone over the NCAA basketball betting total.
Kentucky is 8th in the country in scoring as NCAA basketball betting stats have it, but they can sometimes struggle on defense. Vandy is 29th in the country in scoring so it would seem like this should be a high scoring game on Saturday in NCAA basketball betting. 7 of Vanderbilt’s 11 home games this season have gone over the college basketball bet total.