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Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Basketball Betting Preview – February 18, 2023

Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Basketball Betting Preview – February 18, 2023

The Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats will have an intriguing battle between two big-time SEC programs down in Lexington this coming weekend. Check out our preview of this Tennessee vs Kentucky matchup in the 2022-23 NCAA basketball season. There are more college basketball previews to read here at TopBet, so feel free to look around and make bets once you’re ready.

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Betting Preview for the Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats NCAA College Basketball Game on February 18, 2023

Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

When: Saturday, February 18, 2023, 1:00 PM ET

Line: Tennessee Volunteers (odds) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (odds) – view all 2023 NCAAB lines

TV Broadcast: CBS


Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (odds)

Record: 19-6 Overall/8-4 Conference

The Volunteers will be playing the Alabama Crimson Tide first on Wednesday before focusing their attention on the Wildcats. That said, Tennessee is very much familiar with the Wildcats having already faced them last Jan. 14th, when the Vols suffered a 63-56 home loss to John Calipari’s boys. The Volunteers suffered raz0r-thin losses last week to the Vanderbilt Commodores and to the Missouri Tigers, which hurt their chances to eventually score a No. 1 seed in March Madness. Still, the Vols are a tough team to beat mainly because of their defense which is, as of this writing, allowing just 56.3 points per game.

Tennessee is 3-2 against the spread in its last five games away from home.

Betting on the Kentucky Wildcats (odds)

Record: 16-9 Overall/7-5 Conference

The Wildcats, who will square off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs this Wednesday, also picked up a couple of losses last week. They fell prey to the Arkansas Razorbacks at home and then to the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens on Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, respectively. Despite being cooled off by that pair of losses, Kentucky remains a force. Led by a double-double machine in Oscar Tshiebwe, the Wildcats are stacked with talent, just like always in the John Calipari era. Tshiebwe is averaging 15.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per game following the loss to Georgia. In the win against Tennessee, Tshiebwe had 15 points and 13 boards, while Antonio Reeves had 18 points off the bench. Reeves is shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc this season.

Writer’s Prediction

Tennessee wins, 68-64.

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