Kentucky Wildcats vs Ole Miss Rebels Prediction, 3/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: The Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, MS
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky (+1)
The Ole Miss Rebels (13-10) play the Kentucky Wildcats (8-14) at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Tuesday. Ole Miss opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The over/under opens at 128.5.
Kentucky steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 8-14 so far this year. The Wildcats are hitting 32.6% on three-point attempts (131 of 402) and 74.2% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 69.7 pts per contest (225th in Division 1) while connecting on 41.5% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.2 personal fouls every game. As a team, Kentucky is snagging 38.5 boards per game and has accounted for 261 dimes for the season, which ranks 216th in D-1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.2 turnovers every game and they draw 18.4 fouls. They are currently ranked 154th in D-1 in giving up assists with 262 surrendered this season. The Wildcats are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (549 of 1,342) and they surrender 35.5 rebounds per game as a group. They are surrendering 31.2% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 183rd in college basketball in opponents points per game (70.3).
The Kentucky Wildcats faced off with the Florida Gators and took a loss by a score of 71-67 in their last game. Kentucky ended the contest having earned a 39.6% field goal percentage (19 out of 48) and converted 4 out of their 20 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Wildcats converted 25 of their 29 shots for a rate of 86.2%. When discussing rebounding, they earned 24 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 7 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With regard to defending, Kentucky allowed the other team to shoot 52.1% from the floor on 25 out of 48 shooting. Florida doled out 12 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Florida grabbed 23 rebounds (5 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Florida walked away from this one shooting 87.5% at the free throw line by converting 14 of 16 attempts. They also converted 7 of their 15 shots from distance.
Davion Mintz is one guy who was a contributor for this contest. He racked up 21 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 39 mins and also grabbed 3 boards. Mintz finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. Another guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Wildcats was Brandon Boston. He had 3 rebounds in 32 minutes played on the night. He finished the game at 30.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 3-of-10 (13 points). When the game finished, Boston accounted for 1 assist.
Ole Miss has a win-loss record of 13-10 so far this year. The Rebels have committed 17.2 fouls every game and they hit 69.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 12.3 times per contest (240th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.7 times per contest. Ole Miss has scored 1,591 pts this year (69.2 per contest) and they collect 36.0 boards per game. As an offense, the Rebels are shooting 44.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 184th in the country. The Rebels on the defensive end are ranked 35th in the nation in PPG allowed with 63.9. They have surrendered 13.0 dimes and 32.1 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 189th and 57th in the nation. The Ole Miss defense surrenders 37.0% on shots from 3-point land (167 of 451) and opponents are connecting on 69.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 16.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.7% from the floor (154th in the country).
When they last stepped on the court, the Ole Miss Rebels took a defeat with a final score of 75-70 when they played the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Rebels recorded 19 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 29 for this game. They also turned it over 9 times, while getting 5 steals in this matchup. The Commodores committed 17 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Rebels to the charity stripe for a total of 26 shots. They were able to make 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 61.5%. Concerning 3-point attempts, Ole Miss knocked down 4 of 13 attempts (30.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Rebels went 25 out of 57 from the field which had them shooting 43.9%. The Rebels allowed the Commodores to make 26 of their 49 attempts from the field which had them shooting 53.1% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 47.8% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 11 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 18 from the charity stripe (66.7%). When talking about rebounds, Ole Miss permitted Vanderbilt to collect 25 in all (4 on the offensive glass).
Devontae Shuler ended up being a major contributor for the Rebels for this contest. He converted 10 of 20 in this matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 3 rebounds. Shuler recorded 25 points in his 37 mins of playing time and accounted for 2 assists for the contest. One more player that was important for Ole Miss was Romello White. He wrapped the game up with no assists in 36 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 6 out of 10 from the floor. White ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field and also earning 17 points and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Ole Miss (-1)
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