Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Wildcats versus the Tigers? Tip off is at at 6:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN. The game will be played at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL. This Southeastern conference matchup has an over/under of 164.5 points, and Auburn is favored to win by -9 at home vs. Kentucky.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS AUBURN TIGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Kentucky Wildcats +9

This game will be played at Neville Arena at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Tigers.
  • Even though we have Auburn winning straight-up, we like Kentucky at +9.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 164.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can Kentucky Pull Off a Road Win?

After a 75-63 win over Ole Miss, Kentucky is 17-7 overall and 7-4 in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats are 5-3 on the road this season and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games.

As an underdog, Kentucky is 2-2 this season, and they are 15-5 when favored. So far, they have been favored in 20 of their 24 games.

As the underdog this season, Kentucky has gone 3-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Wildcats have a strong 7-3 ATS mark. On the road this year, Kentucky is 4-4 ATS and they are 5-5 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread. However, their road ATS record over their last five games is just 1-4.

So far this season, the over/under record for Kentucky games is 18-6 and today’s line of 164.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (156.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 165 points and their OU record during this stretch is 2-1. On the season, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

Against Ole Miss, the Kentucky had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 88.9 points per game. They scored 75 points and posted a field goal percentage of 51.9% in the game. Currently leading the team in scoring is Antonio Reeves who comes into today’s matchup averaging 19.4. Rob Dillingham also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.8.

At this time, the Wildcats’ defense is positioned 299th in the country, permitting 78.1 points per game. In their previous game vs. Ole Miss, the Rebels finished with a field goal percentage of 51% and a total of 63 points vs. Kentucky.

Can the Auburn Offense Score Enough at Home?

Coming into this game, Auburn has been dominant at home, going 13-0 this season and winning their last 13 games at Auburn Arena. The Tigers have also been favored in 24 of their 25 games, going 20-4 in those contests.

Overall, Auburn has been great this season, going 20-5, including a 9-3 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Their average scoring margin at home is +22.1 compared to +9.8 on the road.

As the favorite, Auburn has an ATS record of 16-8 this season and they are 9-4 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tigers have gone 8-2 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 164.5 is higher than the average over/under line of 150.1 in Auburn’s games this year. So far, 18 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

Auburn’s offense had a good outing, putting up 101 points against South Carolina. They achieved a 61% field goal percentage and went 17/19 from the free-throw line. The top scorer for the Tigers was Jaylin Williams with 23 points, while Johni Broome also added 21 to the scoreboard.

In the current season, the Auburn defense has excelled, sitting 56th in the nation by allowing 66.9 points per game. Auburn’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the South Carolina offense to knock down 61% of their shots on their way to putting up 61 points.