The No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 17 Auburn Tigers will do battle this coming Saturday, which could have major implications down the road as the race to the top of the SEC heats and tightens up. Kentucky and Auburn are +2000 and +2500 to win the national title, respectively.
Betting Preview for the Kentucky Wildcats vs Auburn Tigers NCAA College Basketball Game on February 1 2020
Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn,
When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 6:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Kentucky Wildcats (16-4 Overall / 5-1 Conference)
The Wildcats made sure that the Vanderbilt Commodores’ misery in the Southeastern Conference will continue by scoring a come-from-behind 71-62 win in Lexington last Wednesday. Forward Nick Richards led the Wildcats with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but it was Kentucky’s three-headed monster backcourt that really gave headaches to Jerry Stackhouse’s team. Austin Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, and Tyrese Maxey combined for 40 points and 12 rebounds Those three entered the game averaging for 65.1 points/rebounds/assists per game this season. Richards, meanwhile, leads the team with 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. The Wildcats are a solid rebounding team. They should be able to make life harder beneath the glass for Auburn, which is No. 1 in the conference with 41.2 rebounds per game and usually dominates the rebounding battle. Kentucky is fifth with 38.5 rebounds per outing and 17th in the nation with 26.9 defensive boards per contest.
The over is 4-1 in the Wildcats’ last five games.
Betting on the Auburn Tigers (18-2 Overall / 5-2 Conference)
The Tigers scored their third win in a row last Tuesday, as they eked out a thrilling 83-82 overtime victory over the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford. In such a slim margin of victory for the Tigers, it was their defense that seemed to make the biggest difference, as they outrebounded Ole Miss by 12 boards, 45-33. Anfernee McLemore spearheaded the Tigers’ offense with 19 points and five 3-pointers off the bench, while Sam Doughty started and scored 17 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. Auburn’s frontline duo of Isaac Okoro and Austin Wiley got the job done, as they were a big reason why Auburn got away with a 19-6 second-chance points advantage. As mentioned earlier, Auburn’s rebounding is a big key to the success the Tigers are enjoying this season. But aside from doing the dirty work, Auburn knows how to look flashy on offense with an average of 79.2 points per game, good for 11th in the nation.
Auburn is 3-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games as the home team.
Auburn wins, 75-72.
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