The Georgia Bulldogs (13-15) and Kentucky Wildcats (28-1) will meet up in a Southeastern Conference affair Thursday night inside Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.
Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats
Georgia arrives in Kentucky with a 4-10 SEC record and is coming off an impressive 76-62 win over the Florida Gators as 7.5-point home underdogs. The Bulldogs managed to hit 52.9 percent from the field in that contest and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures. “We came out with a lot of intensity,” commented Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox. It was just the second time during the SEC schedule that the program shot 50 percent or better from the field. Georgia is 7-10 ATS as an underdog and the “under” is 10-7 in those contests.
The Bulldogs met the Wildcats in Athens 37 days ago, dropping a 57-44 decision as 12-point home underdogs. Georgia is led offensively by a pair of players that average in double figures, with Gerald Robinson Jr. leading the way in scoring 14.3 points per game, with Caldwell-Pope following closely behind at 13.9. The program is 25-114 all-time in this series, but it’s important to note that eight of those wins have come in the past 10 years.
Kentucky won its 45th SEC Championship with an 83-74 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores as 11.5-point home favorites, but failed to cover the spread for a third consecutive game. “It’s just another step to the main goal,” commented Wildcats sophomore Terrence Jones about winning the regular-season conference title. The Wildcats bring in the nation’s longest home winning streak that has reached 51 games. He is one of four starters that average in double figures in scoring. Kentucky is 1-4 ATS as a home favorite of 18.5 to 24 points this season.
The Wildcats have been highly successful in their Senior Night games over the years, posting an 88-19 all-time mark, capturing wins in 12 of the last 14. Kentucky is a dominating 68-2 when playing at home as the nation’s top-ranked team. Defensively, the program is one of the best in college basketball, especially over the last nine games in holding opponents to an average of 56.8 points per game. Freshman center Anthony Davis is a big part of that success in leading the nation with 138 blocks.
Bettors will likely back the Bulldogs due to their 5-0 ATS mark in Kentucky, while the Wildcats are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 games.
Recommendation: Georgia Bulldogs +20
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