The Kentucky Wildcats (19-1) and Georgia Bulldogs (10-9) will meet up in a Southeastern Conference affair Tuesday night inside Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.
Kentucky Wildcats at Georgia Bulldogs
Kentucky pushed its winning streak to 11 games with a 77-71 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide as 10-point home favorites, while the game went above the posted total of 130. “We are just happy we got the win,” commented Wildcats forward Anthony Davis. “We still have a lot to work on.” The Wildcats have five players averaging double figures led by Doron Lamb’s 14.0 points per game. Holding opponents to 67 or fewer points is the key to success for this program, posting a 63-1 mark when doing so under current head coach John Calipari. Kentucky is 5-14 ATS as a favorite this year.
The Wildcats have registered a 156-25 all-time record when playing as the top-ranked team in the country, including a 6-0 mark when taking on the Bulldogs. Kentucky leads the SEC in nine different categories, including outscoring opponents by 19.8 points per game, while also out-rebounding teams by a +7.3 margin on the glass. There’s no question that the team is led by a talented freshman class, accounting for 55 percent of the team’s points and rebounds.
Georgia will complete its only three-game homestand of the conference schedule and will look to improve upon its 10-9 overall mark. The Bulldogs have dropped four of their first five SEC affairs, including a 66-63 defeat to the Mississippi Rebels as 2.5-point home favorites. Freshman guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is looking forward to hosting the No. 1 team in the nation. “I get motivated because they’re the No. 1 team,” he stated this week. “It’s pretty exciting to play against them.” Georgia is 18-4 ATS when coming off a loss against a conference rival.
The Bulldogs are led offensively by Caldwell-Pope, who comes in averaging 14.7 points per game. Georgia managed to split last season’s series with Kentucky, registering a 77-70 win as five-point home underdogs last year on this court. The program has a current RPI of 122 and its schedule is rated 53rd most difficult in the country. Senior guard Gerald Robinson will need to be the second option on offense, coming off a 19-point performance against the Rebels.
Bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to road team covering eight of the last nine meetings, while the Rebels are 2-5 ATS when serving as host in this series.
Recommendation: Kentucky Wildcats -11.5
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