Kentucky Hosts Tennessee In Key SEC Battle

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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

 

Next up:
Tennessee home to Missouri Saturday, February 18
Kentucky at Georgia Saturday, February 18

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