College Basketball Betting Preview: Mississippi Rebels vs. Kentucky Wildcats
(16-5, 11-6 ATS)
(20-1, 10-9 ATS)
Tuesday night’s college basketball betting action from Lexington should be hot and heavy, as SEC rivals collide. The Ole Miss Rebels (16-5, 11-6 ATS) will invade Rupp Arena to clash with the Kentucky Wildcats (20-1, 10-9 ATS). The Rebels have some decent wins this season on their resume, but none will be like Tuesday night’s NCAA basketball wagering war with the Wildcats. UTEP, South Carolina, and Kansas State just don’t measure up to Kentucky, especially considering that there are losses to more comparable foes such as Tennessee, Mississippi State, West Virginia, and Villanova also on the docket. The Wildcats must still be smarting from that loss to South Carolina, but it’s hard to argue with a team that is 5-1 in conference play with three double-digit wins to its credit.
Defense could be a huge problem for the Rebels on Tuesday night. In games against potential NCAA Tournament teams, they have allowed an average of 76.8 points per game, a far cry from the 69.3 points per contest that they are allowing for the entire season. Assuming that Ole Miss can’t stop the Wildcats’ offense, it will have to rely on Gs Chris Warren and Terrico White to pick up the slack and score some points. Warren has been the team’s most consistent player all season long, scoring at least nine points in all 21 games this year, but White has had two very poor games in his L/3 overall (9 points vs. Arkansas, 1 point vs. LSU) and must come to play for the Rebs to be successful.
Kentucky is about as stacked as it gets both in the frontcourt and the backcourt. There may not be any way to truly stop G John Wall from getting his stats, as he is averaging 17.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. The key is going to be trying to figure out how to stop the twin towers on the inside, Fs Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins. That duo is averaging a combined 31.4 points and 17.4 rebounds per game and will be a tough matchup for anyone trying to stop them.
The bottom line in this one is that there’s just too much depth on the Wildcats for them to fail. This may be a hefty spread, but considering how easily they rolled over a red hot Vanderbilt team on Saturday (85-72), one has to think that they are going to come with another inspired effort on Tuesday night.
Selection: Kentucky Wildcats
The Cats have gone 4-2 ATS in their L/6 NCAA basketball wagering clashes with the Rebs coming into Tuesday night. Lock and load on them right now at -11, a line which you can find at Sportsbook.com!
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