The Kentucky Wildcats (13-6, 4-3 SEC) will try to extend a three-game winning streak when visiting the Vanderbilt Commodores (10-9, 3-3 SEC) on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Memorial Gymnasium. It airs at 9:00 PM ET.
Tuesday’s matchup between the Wildcats and the Commodores sees the Wildcats as 5.5-point favorites. The point total for the game is 142.
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Odds
Point Spread for Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Kentucky as the favorite.
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Kentucky has -249 odds to pick up the win, while Vanderbilt is listed at +201 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 142 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
- Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
- Location: Nashville, Tennessee
- Arena: Memorial Gymnasium
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Betting Trends
Kentucky is 7-12-0 against the spread this year. The Wildcats have been chosen as favorites in 12 games this year and have walked away with the win nine times (75%) in those games. Kentucky’s games this year have gone over the point total 11 times in 19 opportunities (57.9%).
In Vanderbilt’s 19 games this season, it has nine wins against the spread. The Commodores have put together a 3-7 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 30% of those games). Vanderbilt’s games this year have gone over the total in 11 of 19 opportunities (57.9%).
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Key Players to Watch
Oscar Tshiebwe puts up 16.6 points and 14 rebounds per contest — both team highs. He is also averaging 1.3 assists, shooting 58.1% from the floor. Cason Wallace posts 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, shooting 46% from the field and 39.5% from downtown with 1.8 made 3-pointers per game. Jacob Toppin averages 10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Sahvir Wheeler posts a team-best 5.9 assists per game. He is also averaging 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds, shooting 41.2% from the field.
Liam Robbins is the Commodores’ top scorer (13.2 points per game) and rebounder (5.9), and contributes 1.3 assists. The Commodores get 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game from Tyrin Lawrence. The Commodores receive 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game from Jordan Wright. Ezra Manjon is posting a team-best 2.8 assists per game. And he is producing 9.1 points and 3.1 rebounds, making 49% of his shots from the floor.
What you need to know about the Kentucky Wildcats
With 76.1 points per game on offense, the Wildcats rank 79th in the country. Defensively, they surrender 67.1 points per contest, which ranks 118th in college basketball. Kentucky is playing well when it comes to rebounding, as it ranks 12th-best in college basketball in boards (36.9 per game) and 15th-best in boards allowed (27.4 per contest).
So far this year, Kentucky is making 7.4 treys per game (184th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 36.8% (53rd-ranked) from downtown. The Wildcats are giving up 6.7 threes per game (116th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 33.5% (187th-ranked) from three-point land.
The Wildcats are 3-7 against the spread and 6-4 overall in their last 10 games. Kentucky has gone over the total in seven of its past 10 contests. Kentucky has seen a downturn in scoring lately, putting up 72 points per game in its last 10 outings, 4.1 points fewer than the 76.1 it has scored this season. Kentucky’s defense has been less stingy as of late, as the team has allowed 69.7 points per game during its last 10 compared to the 67.1 points per game its opponents are averaging on the season.
What you need to know about the Vanderbilt Commodores
The Commodores are 149th in college basketball in points scored (73.2 per game) and 217th in points conceded (70.6). Vanderbilt is 55th in college basketball in rebounds per game (34.8) and 185th in rebounds allowed (31.2).
The Commodores are scoring fewer points at home (73 per game) than on the road (77.8). At 8.2 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 33.1% from downtown, Vanderbilt is 99th and 234th in the country, respectively, in those categories. Giving up 6.8 3-pointers per game and conceding 31% from downtown, the Commodores are 130th and 69th in the country, respectively, in those categories.
The Commodores have gone 5-5 over their past 10 games, with a 6-4 record against the spread during that span. Six of Vanderbilt’s last 10 contests have gone over the total. Vanderbilt is posting 77.3 points per contest in its past 10 games, compared to its season average of 73.2. While the Commodores are surrendering 70.6 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their last 10 games, allowing 73.6 points per contest.
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is Kentucky, and we project that Vanderbilt will cover the spread (Kentucky -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 142 points.
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