Kentucky vs Vanderbilt NCAAB Spread Analysis
The Vanderbilt Commodores host the #16 Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in SEC basketball action. The Commodores (17-11) are in fourth place in the SEC, coming off a big road win in Florida, 87-74. The Wildcats (21-7) sit atop the SEC standings and are coming in off a 78-53 drubbing of Alabama on Tuesday night. Find out more information about the NCAAB online betting odds for this game.
Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores NCAAB Spread Analysis
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 4:00 PM ET
Where: Memorial Gym, Nashville, TN
Radio: Vanderbilt Sports Network
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Commodores?
Vandy is on a hot streak in the SEC right now, having won four out of five games. Against the Gators, Damian Jones set a career best with 27 points while Jeff Roberson poured in 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. If Vanderbilt finds itself an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, it could be this circus-style win that gets them off the bubble. They have been taking advantage of defensive lapses, and against Florida, they shot 57.7 percent from the floor, including 10 for 20 from behind the arc. Kentucky has had a strange way of faltering in road games, and Vanderbilt’s arena is a tough place to play.
Why should you put your money on Kentucky?
The fact that Kentucky beat Alabama so handily should give bettors a bit of a pause, given that Alabama was still in the conversation for an NCAA tournament berth. The Wildcats came into that game after a tough overtime loss at Texas A&M, and they were still missing starting forward Derek Willis. He remains questionable for the Vanderbilt game and does not have a timetable for his return. The key for Kentucky will be using their pressing defense to harangue Vanderbilt into mistakes and then to cash those turnovers in for points.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Vanderbilt to pull off the road win here. Kentucky is still hit or miss at times, and that impressive win in Florida has put Vanderbilt on a firm footing for me. I’m picking the Commodores, 70-67.