A berth in the Finals is on the line Saturday in Tampa when the fifth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers face off in a 2022 SEC Tournament semifinal. The Vols (22-7 , seeded No. 2, crushed Mississippi State 72-59 in the quarterfinals on Friday, while No. 3 seed Kentucky (26-6) closed out the night with a 77- 71 against Vanderbilt. The teams split up the two. regular season matches, with each team winning on its home turf. Now, the tiebreaker will be played on neutral ground, with the winner playing for an SEC Tournament Championship.
Tipoff at Amalie Arena is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Wildcats as a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Kentucky vs. Tennessee odds, and the over-under for total points is 138. Before locking in on any Tennessee vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to check the college basketball predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Spread Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Wildcats -2.5
- Kentucky vs. Tennessee over-under: 138 points
- Silver line Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Wildcats -145, Flights +125
- KY: Oscar Tshiebwe has at least 14 rebounds in 15 straight games.
- TN: Josiah-Jordan James is averaging 15.2 points in his last four games.
Why Kentucky Can Cover
Kentucky is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six games after an ATS loss, and will look for revenge on Saturday. The loss to the Vols last month came as a bit of a surprise after the Wildcats blasted UT 107-79 in January. TyTy Washington Jr. had 28 points and Sahvir Wheeler had 21 in that victory, and the Wildcats shot 68%. They only managed 34% of their shots in the 76-63 loss a month ago, which is atypical. The UK are seventh in the country in shooting percentage (48.9).
The Wildcats are 15-12 ATS at neutral sites the past five seasons, and they’re scoring 80 points per game, which ranks them eighth in the nation. They also have Wooden Award favorite Oscar Tshiebwe, who scores a team-high 17.1 points and leads the nation by a wide margin with 15.3 rebounds. Washington is scoring 12.6 points, Wheeler leads the SEC with 7.1 assists per game, and Kellan Grady is shooting 43.7 percent from 3-point range while scoring 11.6.
Why Tennessee Can Cover
Tennessee is 18-13 ATS overall this season and has won 10 of its last 11 games. That run includes a 76-63 win over the Wildcats last month. Kennedy Chandler and Santiago Vescovi combined for 35 points and had five of nine 3-point tries. Vescovi is second in the SEC with 89 three-pointers and is making 39.7% of his attempts. Josiah-Jordan James (9.7 points) can also get hot, and he made four of six three-point attempts to score 16 points on Friday.
James led five double-figures in the win, and Zakai Zeigler had 11 points and eight assists. UT outscore their opponents by 10.4 points and are a better defensive team than the UK. The Vols are allowing 63.2 points per game (23rd in Division I), while the Wildcats are giving up 65.9 (70th). UK’s strength has been their shooting, but UT limit their opponents to 40.5 shots (34th in the nation). The Vols also average 9.5 steals per game (third in the SEC), led by Chandler’s 2.2 (T-2 in the SEC).
How to make choices between Tennessee and Kentucky
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