Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee (-3.5)
Rupp Arena is the site where and the Kentucky Wildcats (5-11) will play the Tennessee Volunteers (12-4) on Saturday. The spread on this matchup has Tennessee as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 123.5.
Tennessee enters this contest with a win-loss record of 12-4 on the campaign. They are giving up possession 11.6 times per contest and as a squad are committing 16.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Tennessee is collecting 35.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 242 assists for the season, which is 82nd in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Volunteers are shooting 34.5% on shots from downtown (99 of 287) and 72.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 71.8 pts per contest (177th in college hoops) while hitting 44.7% from the field. On defense, the Volunteers have forced 16.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.6 personal fouls. They currently rank 76th in college basketball in allowing assists with 156 relinquished for the campaign. The Volunteers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 39.3% (335 of 853) and they concede 32.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They concede 30.2% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 6th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (58.9).
The Tennessee Volunteers faced the Ole Miss Rebels and ended up losing by a score of 52-50 in their last contest. Tennessee finished the game with a 35.6% FG percentage (16 out of 45) and buried 8 of their 19 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Volunteers buried 10 of 16 shots for a rate of 62.5%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they earned 26 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 14 assists in this matchup as well as getting 6 steals and 4 rejections. Concerning defense, Tennessee allowed 35.6% from the floor on 16 of 45 shooting. Ole Miss totaled 7 assists and had 8 steals in this game. Additionally, the Rebels pulled down 28 rebounds (6 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Ole Miss shot 64.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of 14 attempts. They also made 3 of 12 shots from distance.
Yves Pons is one guy who was a contributor in this contest. He walked away with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting. He played for 28 mins played and snagged 4 rebounds. Pons ended up going 55.6% from the field but wasn't able to get an assist. Another guy that was a factor in the game for the Volunteers was Keon Johnson. He pulled down 4 rebounds and accounted for 4 dimes. He finished the game at 33.3% from the field for the matchup by shooting 2-of-6 (11 points). Overall, Johnson was on the hardwood for 27 min.
Kentucky has a record of 5-11 so far this year. Kentucky has 1,082 pts on the season (67.6 per contest) and they average 39.0 boards per contest. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 18.7 fouls per contest and they shoot 70.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wildcats are hitting on 41.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 283rd in the nation. They are earning an assist 11.4 times per contest (293rd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 15.1 times per contest. The Wildcats on defense are ranked 141st in the country in PPG allowed with 68.7. The Kentucky defense surrenders 31.0% on shots from 3-point land (107 of 345) and their opponents are knocking down 70.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 12.1 assists and 35.4 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 118th and 197th in those categories. They are forcing their opponents into 12.2 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.3% from the floor (49th in college basketball).
For their last game, the Kentucky Wildcats went home defeated by a final of 75-70 against the Missouri Tigers. The Wildcats were able to collect 31 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 37 for this game. They also turned away 9 shots while getting 7 steals for this game. The Tigers earned 16 personal fouls in this game which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of them for a rate of 56.3%. In terms of 3-pointers, Kentucky buried 9 out of 20 tries (45.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Wildcats shot 26 for 55 from the field which had them sitting at 47.3%. The Wildcats permitted the Tigers to bury 24 out of their 61 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.3% in the matchup. They finished shooting 42.9% from distance via 9 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 26 from the free throw line (69.2%). In the matter of team rebounding, Kentucky allowed Missouri to pull down 33 in total (8 offensive).
Davion Mintz was important for the Wildcats in this game. He knocked down 6 of 12 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which earned him 18 points. Mintz totaled 2 rebounds in his 33 mins and had 2 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Kentucky was Brandon Boston. He ended up scoring 10 points in 29 minutes on the hardwood by way of 4 of 9 shooting for the matchup. Boston walked away from this one going 44.4% from the field as well as collecting 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tennessee (-3.5)
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