The No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 SEC) will try to extend a six-game home winning streak when they go head-to-head against the Ole Miss Rebels (13-11, 4-7 SEC) at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Ole Miss Rebels vs. Kentucky Wildcats Odds Preview
In the Rebels’ last game, they had no trouble getting past the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 83-58. Breein Tyree was the game’s high scorer with 40 points on 13-for-22 shooting. The Rebels had a great turnover percentage of 9.3 (better than their season average of 16.9) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.552 (above their season average of 0.488).
The Wildcats hope to keep it rolling after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last game, 78-64. Kentucky was lifted by Ashton Hagans, who recorded 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Kentucky dominated nearly every facet of the contest. They had a free throw rate of 0.271 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.3 (below their season average of 30.8). For those same stats, Vanderbilt was 0.153 and 21.4, respectively.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Wildcats won the lone contest last season, 80-76. Kentucky had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.589 vs. 0.475). Ole Miss, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (28.6 vs. 12.9).
The physical Kentucky offense might be living from the charity stripe in this showdown. The Wildcats currently rank second in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.341, while Ole Miss ranks 332nd in FTA rate allowed (0.300).
Ole Miss at Kentucky Odds Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Kentucky, ATS Winner – Kentucky, O/U – Under
The Wildcats rank 38th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while the Rebels rank 117th (12.3).
Kentucky ranks 67th in rebounds per game (37.9) while Ole Miss ranks 132nd in rebounds allowed per game (34.5).
Ole Miss ranks 44th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Kentucky ranks 193rd (22.9).
The Wildcats rank 16th in blocks per game (5.2) while the Rebels rank 154th (2.7).
Kentucky ranks 16th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Ole Miss ranks 117th (6.5).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.0, down from 9.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rebels have scored an average of 76.0 points per game (6.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.0 points per game (matching their season average).