Auburn Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Auburn Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Auburn (+1.5)
Rupp Arena is the site where and the Kentucky Wildcats (5-13) will take on the Auburn Tigers (11-10) on Saturday. Auburn opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 146.5.
Auburn will enter this matchup with a mark of 11-10 on the season. They are averaging 78.8 pts per game (45th in the country) while connecting on 44.9% from the field. The Tigers are hitting 33.5% on 3-pointers (194 of 579) and 70.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Auburn is pulling down 39.0 boards per game and has accumulated 333 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 11th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.4 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 18.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Tigers are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.4 fouls. They relinquish 31.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 288th in D-1 in points per game allowed (75.8). The Tigers are giving up a shooting percentage of 43.6% (574 of 1,318) and they concede 35.7 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 289th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 264 surrendered so far this year.
The Auburn Tigers faced the Vanderbilt Commodores and earned the victory with a final of 73-67 in their last contest. Auburn ended with a 35.6% FG percentage (21 out of 59) and buried 10 of 27 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Tigers converted 21 of their 25 tries for a rate of 84.0%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 41 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 15 assists for this game as well as earning 3 steals and 5 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Auburn allowed their opponent to shoot 35.6% from the field on 21 of 59 shooting. Vanderbilt dished out 9 assists and had 8 steals for the game. In addition, the Commodores snagged 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Vanderbilt finished the contest at 50.0% from the charity stripe by making 11 of their 22 shots. They made 8 out of their 22 attempts from 3-point range.
Sharife Cooper is a player who was a factor for this game. He ended up with 19 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He played 29 minutes and also grabbed 3 boards. Cooper finished 44.4% from the floor and also dished out 7 assists. Someone else that played a role in this matchup for the Tigers was Devan Cambridge. He grabbed 3 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He finished 44.4% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 4-of-9 (11 points). When the final whistle was blown, Cambridge saw the court for 28 minutes.
Kentucky has a win-loss mark of 5-13 this season. The Wildcats have committed 18.6 personal fouls per game and they connect on 71.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 11.7 times per game (284th in the country) and they turn it over 14.8 times per contest. Kentucky has totaled 1,233 points on the year (68.5 per contest) and they collect 39.1 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are hitting on 41.6% from the floor, which ranks them 298th in the country. The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 177th in the country in points allowed per contest with 70.1. They surrender 12.0 assists and 35.6 boards per game, which is 105th and 199th in D-1. The Kentucky defense gives up 31.2% on shots from 3-point land (121 of 388) and their opponents are making 72.2% of their foul shots. They are able to force 11.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.9% from the floor (67th in Division 1).
The last time they took the court, the Kentucky Wildcats took a loss by a score of 81-80 when they played the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Wildcats were able to snag 28 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 38 in this game. They blocked 2 tries while recording 2 steals in the matchup. The Razorbacks earned 19 fouls for the contest which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 25 tries. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 64.0%. In terms of three-point attempts, Kentucky buried 14 of their 26 attempts (53.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Wildcats finished the game shooting 25 for 61 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.0%. The Wildcats permitted the Razorbacks to make 27 out of 62 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 43.5% for the game. They finished the game shooting 37.5% from distance by shooting 9 out of 24 and ended up going 18 of 23 at the free throw line (78.3%). Concerning team rebounding, Kentucky permitted Arkansas to snag 33 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Brandon Boston was important for the Wildcats for this contest. He knocked down 6 of 10 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, which gave him 17 points. Boston pulled down 7 rebounds in his 34 mins and had 3 assists for this game. Another guy that was important for Kentucky was Olivier Sarr. He left the arena with 13 points in 31 minutes on the court by going 4 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Sarr ended the game having shot 44.4% from the field in addition to collecting 4 assists and 10 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Auburn (+1.5)
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