The Kentucky Wildcats face off against the Vanderbilt Commodores in a Southeastern Conference clash. The Wildcats will look to improve on their 13-6 record on the season as the Commodores push to build on their 10-9 mark. This matchup is one of the most entertaining games on the NCAAB schedule.
The Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores odds are stacked against Vanderbilt. The Commodores have been inconsistent this season, while the Wildcats have shown a more balanced game plan. Tonight’s Kentucky Wildcats basketball game should be a good test against a fierce conference opponent.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Odds
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Information
Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Location of the game: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, TN.
Date: Tuesday, January 24. 8:00 PM CST.
How to watch: SECN.
Last Game Score Record
This meeting marks the first time these two NCAA basketball teams will play this season. The last time they met goes back to last season, with Vanderbilt visiting Kentucky and the Wildcats taking the game 77-71. Kentucky beat the spread on NCAAB odds and took the moneyline odds. The Wildcats led the entire contest, getting out to a 37-33 lead at halftime and never looking back.
Kentucky has dominated Vanderbilt taking their last ten meetings. Kentucky averages 76.6 points per game, while Vanderbilt mustered 66.5 points per match. In addition, Kentucky has shot 46.67% from the field to the Commodore’s 31.9%.
As a result, Kentucky vs Vanderbilt betting lines favors Kentucky. The Wildcats are the moneyline favorites in this matchup. The Wildcats are also 3-6-1 against the spread while going 6-4 in over/under against Vanderbilt over their last ten meetings.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Analysis
The Kentucky Wildcats have played well recently. They have won three of their last five matchups, including against solid NCAA basketball teams in Texas A&M, Georgia, and Tennessee. The Wildcats’ 13-6 mark is good for fifth in the SEC. The Wildcats trail Texas A&M despite having identical records.
On offense, the Wildcats are averaging 76.1 points per game. Oscar Tshiebwe leads the club with 16.6 ppg, adding 58.1% shooting from the field and 67.7% from the free throw line. On defense, Kentucky has averaged 39.5 rebounds per game to go with 4.4 blocks and 7.0 steals per contest.
Kentucky has been one of the most consistent teams in the SEC this season. Their recent wins over Texas A&M and Tennessee signal they can hold their own in the conference.
On the other hand, Vanderbilt has had its ups and downs this season. Their 10-9 mark on the year doesn’t make them one of the top NCAAB picks. Nevertheless, they have been a solid club. The Commodores have lost three of their last five games entering tonight’s contest.
Their previous game was an 85-82 win over Georgia. However, despite losses to SEC-leading Alabama and Tennessee, the Commodores have shown some bright spots.
On offense, the Commodores are averaging 73.2 points per game. Their leading scorer, Liam Robbins, has averaged 13.2 ppg, with 54.8% from the field and a 77.4% free-throw percentage. On defense, Vanderbilt is averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 5.0 blocks to go with 5.1 steals.
Overall, Vanderbilt has a good core of young college basketball players. While this season has been challenging, Vanderbilt should give Kentucky a run for its money in one of the most interesting NCAA basketball games today.
As for injuries, Vanderbilt is without leading scorer Robbins. He has been placed on the college basketball injury report with an ankle injury. Miles Keeffe and Lee Dort are also out for the Commodores.
Kentucky has listed forward Daimion Collins as questionable for tonight’s matchup.
Spread: -2.5 (-105)
Over/Under: O144.5 (-105), U144.5 (-105)
Spread: +2.5 (-105)
Over/Under: O144.5 (-105), U144.5 (-105)
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Pick and Prediction
The Kentucky vs Vanderbilt betting lines point to the Wildcats, making it 11 wins in a row over the Commodores. The victory should favor Kentucky’s place in the college basketball standings as they look to leapfrog Texas A&M.
While neither club is leading in the odds to win March Madness, they have shown plenty of bright spots this season. But, in the end, Kentucky should prove too much for the Commodores.
Pick 1: Expect the Wildcats to beat the Commodores in a tough match.
Pick 2: Kentucky should beat the spread with the final score going over the total.