Vanderbilt vs Kentucky College Hoops Lines Preview

Vanderbilt vs Kentucky College Hoops Lines Preview

Written by on January 19, 2015

The NCAA Basketball betting action gets red hot this Tuesday night when the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats continue their SEC Conference play as they welcome in the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Rupp Arena in Lexington. The Wildcats, who are 17-0 on the season and ranked #1, got off to a bit of a sluggish start in the SEC, but have definitely righted the ship. They took their conference record to 4-0 when they routed Alabama 70-48 on Saturday, which was a vast improvement over the OT they needed to get past their first two SEC opponents, and will be looking to keep things rolling against a Vanderbilt squad that looks to be in very tough in this one.

An In Depth Analysis of the Commodores vs Wildcats NCAA Hoops Lines Match Up & Game Info

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 20, 9:00 PM
Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky TV: ESPN NCAAB Odds: TBA

Why Bet on the Kentucky Wildcats

Part of the reason for the struggles in those opening two SEC games may well have come from Coach Calipari’s attempts to get playing time for as many players as possible. It’s a noble cause, but one that can make it tougher to build a cohesive unit. He went back to a more regimented starting 5 for the previous two games, during which Kentucky was able to win by a combined 71 points. So it seems that the minor bump in the road has been finally cleared. Kentucky has players who can score seeming at will, with no less than 7 different shooters averaging over 7.6 PPG. Aaron Harrison is leading the way for the Wildcats with 11.4 PPG, while Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein are right behind him.

Why Bet on the Vanderbilt Commodores

The Commodores came out of the gate as one of the surprise teams, especially since it was believed that the program was in rebuilding mode. They bolted out of the gate to an 11-3 record, but have dropped three in a row, and are just 1-3 in the SEC Conference. It remains to see whether or not they can regain that early season form, or if they will slip into the mediocre season that most were expecting.

My Expert Betting Analysis and Prediction

If Vanderbilt is to make a resurgence, it will likely be with Damien Jones leading the way. The sophomore center is putting up some impressive numbers this season, scoring 16 PPG and averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. He and Riley LaChance are the only two Commodores payers averaging in the double digits. If Vanderbilt are to get anything out of this one, they are going to have to hope that Kentucky falls back into their habit of playing down to the opponent. The way in which Kentucky has performed in the last two games suggests that they have broken free of that habit. Look for the Wildcats to win big here, potentially in the 15-20 point range.
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