Kentucky Hosts Tennessee In Key SEC Battle
Cats and Vols in Must Win Game
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats are both in must win situations on Tuesday when they battle at Rupp Arena. Tennessee needs a key win to build a case for an NCAA Tournament bid. Kentucky has to win to keep pace for the SEC regular season championship. They are in a 3-way tie with South Carolina and Florida atop the SEC.
Tennessee defeated Kentucky 82-80 in Knoxville on January 24th, handing the Wildcats their first loss in Southeastern Conference play. Vols coach Rick Barnes knows it will be a much different story tonight in Lexington.
Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -13-point favorites versus the Volunteers, while the game's total opened at 159.5.
Kentucky was a 67-58 winner in its last match on the road against the Alabama Crimson Tide. They covered the -7.5-point spread as favorites. No. 13 Kentucky is trying to find its way. The Tennessee loss sent the Wildcats into a skid in which they lost three of the next four games. Kentucky is 3-3 since that loss. In two of those victories they have blown 20-point leads in the final eight minutes.
Tennessee lost its last outing, a 76-75 result against Georgia Bulldogs on February 11. They failed to cover in that game as a -4.5-point favorite. Tennessee may still be reeling from Saturday's 76-75 loss to Georgia. They blew a 14-point lead late in the game. It's been a terrible trend as the Volunteers held leads of 19, 15, 13 and 13 only to lose to Mississippi State, North Carolina, Arkansas and Ole Miss, respectively.
Betting Odds Trends
|Tennessee is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee's last 6 games|
|Tennessee is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road|
|Tennessee is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Tennessee's last 21 games on the road|
|Tennessee is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Kentucky|
|Tennessee is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Kentucky|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tennessee's last 15 games when playing Kentucky|
|Tennessee is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Kentucky|
|Tennessee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tennessee's last 11 games when playing on the road against Kentucky|
|Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Kentucky is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 6 games|
|Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Kentucky is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kentucky's last 12 games at home|
|Kentucky is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Tennessee|
|Kentucky is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Tennessee|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Kentucky's last 15 games when playing Tennessee|
|Kentucky is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Tennessee|
|Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kentucky's last 11 games when playing at home against Tennessee|
Tennessee home to Missouri Saturday, February 18
Kentucky at Georgia Saturday, February 18
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