Kentucky Wildcats vs Auburn Tigers Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Auburn Tigers
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Auburn Arena in Auburn, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky (-1)
Auburn Arena is the venue where and the Auburn Tigers (7-6) will take on the Kentucky Wildcats (4-7) on Saturday. Auburn opens this contest as 1-point dogs. The total has been set at 142.
Kentucky enters this game with a win-loss record of 4-7 this season. The Wildcats are shooting 30.3% on three-point shots (56 of 185) and 70.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 68.2 pts per game (255th in the country) while going 42.0% from the floor. They are turning it over 14.9 times per contest and as a unit they commit 18.1 fouls per contest. As a team, Kentucky is grabbing 38.7 rebounds per game and has tallied 125 dimes for the campaign, which is 212th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.6 turnovers per game and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are conceding 32.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 147th in the nation in points per game allowed (68.7). The Wildcats defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.0% (273 of 666) and they surrender 35.2 rebounds per contest as a team. They are 198th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 138 relinquished so far this season.
The Kentucky Wildcats played the Alabama Crimson Tide and went home with a loss by a final score of 85-65 in their last contest. Kentucky walked away from the contest having earned a 34.4% FG percentage (21 out of 61) and made 4 of 18 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats made 19 of 24 shots for a percentage of 79.2%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned 40 with 15 of them being offensive. They also recorded 7 assists in this matchup in addition to having 5 steals and 9 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Kentucky let their opponent shoot 34.4% from the field on 21 out of 61 shooting. Alabama earned 15 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Crimson Tide pulled down 32 rebounds (10 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 9 blocked shots. Alabama finished 69.2% when shooting free throws by making 9 of 13 attempts. They made 14 of 30 tries from long range.
Isaiah Jackson is a guy who came through in this matchup. He racked up 14 points on 3 out of 5 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 23 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. Jackson finished the contest at 60.0% from the field and distributed 2 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in this game for the Wildcats was Devin Askew. He collected 3 boards and earned 2 assists. He went 44.4% from the floor for this game by going 4-of-9 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Askew was on the court for 36 min.
Auburn has a record of 7-6 on the season. The Tigers commit 18.0 personal fouls per game and they shoot 65.8% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 15.7 times per contest (65th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 17.4 times per contest. Auburn has totaled 1,003 points for the campaign (77.2 per contest) and they pull in 38.5 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Tigers are connecting on 45.6% from the floor, which ranks 127th in college basketball. The Tigers on defense are ranked 257th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 73.9. They are able to force 14.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.3% from the field (185th in D-1). The Auburn defense surrenders 30.4% on 3-pointers (91 of 299) and their opposition knocks down 69.7% of their free throw shots. They give up 12.5 dimes and 34.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 149th and 147th in the nation.
In their last game, the Auburn Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 95-77 against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers earned 29 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 36 in the game. They blocked 14 attempts while getting 11 steals for this contest. The Bulldogs had 25 fouls in this matchup which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They were able to make 20 of the free throws for a rate of 76.9%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Auburn made 5 of 20 attempts (25.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Tigers shot 35 out of 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 56.5%. The Tigers allowed the Bulldogs to make 28 of 67 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.8% for the matchup. They finished shooting 40.0% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 4 out of 10 and finished the contest at 17 out of 34 from the charity stripe (50.0%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Auburn allowed Georgia to grab 29 in all (12 on the offensive side).
Sharife Cooper ended up being a factor for the Tigers for the contest. He made 9 of 22 for the game for a field goal percentage of 40.9%, which had him finishing with 28 points. Cooper snagged 5 rebounds in his 34 mins played and totaled 12 assists for this contest. An additional guy that was important for Auburn was Devan Cambridge. He left the arena with 14 points in 26 minutes on the court by going 6 of 10 from the floor in this game. Cambridge ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Auburn (+1) and over 142 points
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