Kentucky Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers NCAA Basketball Vegas Odds and Free Picks


Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats
15-5 (2-2 V)
7:00 pm ET, Saturday, January 27, 2018
WVU Coliseum, Morgantown
West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia Mountaineers
16-4 (10-1 H)
ESPN
 
Kentucky Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers NCAA Basketball Vegas Odds and Free Picks

While a sold-out WVU Coliseum awaits Kentucky's first visit in 47 seasons, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is more concerned by recent history.

His No. 7 Mountaineers (16-4) have lost three of their last four games while wading into the deep end of the Big 12 pool. Let down by several facets, the offensive execution has featured the steepest drop-off. Stagnant ball movement have left Wooden candidate Jevon Carter dribbling on the perimeter desperate to create looks.

Carter's 73 shots over the four-game span were by far the busiest stretch of his career. The do-it-all point guard will need help against the tall, long-armed defense of Kentucky (15-5) during Saturday's marquee matchup in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

While Carter found other ways to contribute, he finished 0 of 6 from 3-point range Monday at TCU, an 82-73 loss in which West Virginia went nearly 10 minutes without a basket while missing 13 straight shots. The Mountaineers were 7 of 27 from deep overall and slipped to 271st nationally in 3-point accuracy.

Kentucky avoided a three-game losing streak by beating Mississippi State 78-65 on Tuesday but comes in unranked for the first time since 2014. His roster yet again stocked with elite freshmen who could be one-and-done draft picks, coach John Calipari's meshing of skills and egos hasn't blended as smoothly as previous years.

The Wildcats are 0-2 against ranked opponents this season, falling at Tennessee (76-65) and on a neutral court to Kansas (65-61).

Projected lottery pick Kevin Knox, a 6-foot-9 forward with shooting range, leads Kentucky in 3-point attempts, scoring (14.6) and playing time. Calipari suggested Knox's 32 minutes per game are too taxing and would prefer they be reduced to 28.

The same goes for point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as Calipari mulls a return to the platoon system he used with the 2015 squad that started 38-0.

That team, of course, crushed West Virginia 78-39 in the Sweet 16. Carter (16.9 points, 6.5 assists) and fellow senior Daxter Miles (13.1 points) are the only holdovers from that blowout defeat.

West Virginia sophomore center Sagaba Konate is emerging as one of the country's most energetic shot-blockers, vaulting up with both hands to make plays in the restricted arc. At 6-foot-8 Konate will be giving away inches to Kentucky's trio of middlemen Nick Richards, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Jarred Vanderbilt, who returned three games ago from a foot injury.

 

Kentucky Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

Kentucky Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
Kentucky Wildcats +9 (-115) +375 149 (-110)o
West Virginia Mountaineers -9 (-105) -550 149 (-110)u

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: West Virginia 72, Kentucky 65

 


 

Kentucky Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

Kentucky Wildcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 15-5 13-2 2-3 9-11 6-9 3-2 77.05 69.55 7.50
Last 10 6-4 4-2 2-2 4-6 2-4 2-2 72.80 69.90 2.90
vs Conf 5-3 3-1 2-2 3-5 1-3 2-2 70.38 69.38 1.00

West Virginia Mountaineers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 16-4 12-2 4-2 8-8 5-5 3-3 81.05 65.75 15.30
Last 10 7-3 5-1 2-2 5-4 2-3 3-1 76.70 66.10 10.60
vs Conf 5-3 3-1 2-2 5-3 2-2 3-1 75.50 69.25 6.25

Betting Odds Trends

Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Kentucky is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Kentucky's last 15 games
Kentucky is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kentucky's last 8 games on the road
Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing West Virginia
Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing West Virginia

West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia's last 7 games
West Virginia is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Kentucky
West Virginia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kentucky

Injuries

Texas A&M Aggies

Player   Status/Updated Notes
No injuries to report.

Kansas Jayhawks

Player   Status/Updated Notes
No injuries to report.

Recent Meetings

Date Home Away Line ATS
3/8/12 KU 83 TAM 66 -15/122.5 KU/O
2/22/12 TAM 58 KU 66 10/124 TAM/P
1/23/12 KU 64 TAM 54 -19/126.5 TAM/U
3/2/11 KU 64 TAM 51 -13.5/139.5 TAM/U
3/12/10 KU 79 TAM 66 -9/134.5 KU/O
2/15/10 TAM 54 KU 59 6.5/141 TAM/U
1/19/09 KU 73 TAM 53 -10.5/136 KU/U
3/15/08 KU 77 TAM 71 -10.5/129 TAM/O
3/8/08 TAM 55 KU 72 5/135.5 KU/U
2/3/07 KU 66 TAM 69 -5/131 TAM/O

Texas A&M: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS TAM FG Opp FG Reb
1/23/18 @LSU 65-77 (L) -2/140.5 LO 26/66 28/63 50-29
1/20/18 MIZZ 60-49 (W) -5/139 WU 25/64 15/54 43-35
1/16/18 MISS 71-69 (W) -10/145.5 LU 29/57 27/59 31-28
1/13/18 @TENN 62-75 (L) 3/142 LU 24/54 25/61 26-34
1/9/18 @UK 73-74 (L) 5/145.5 WO 26/52 24/43 24-26
1/6/18 LSU 68-69 (L) -7/148 LU 22/56 24/60 37-34
1/2/18 FLA 66-83 (L) -2.5/141 LO 27/63 33/64 38-27
12/30/17 @ALA 57-79 (L) 1/144.5 LU 21/70 26/57 37-41
12/21/17 BUFF 89-73 (W) -11.5/152.5 WO 29/57 26/69 43-25
12/19/17 NKU 64-58 (W) -11.5/147 LU 23/62 23/63 44-39

Kansas: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS KU FG Opp FG Reb
1/23/18 @OKLA 80-85 (L) 2/172.5 LU 32/71 28/57 34-36
1/20/18 BAY 70-67 (W) -8.5/145 LU 21/52 24/60 34-36
1/15/18 @WVU 71-66 (W) 6/157 WU 26/59 25/62 33-35
1/13/18 KSU 73-72 (W) -12/151 LU 24/49 27/55 23-25
1/9/18 ISU 83-78 (W) -16/159 LO 32/67 30/67 30-37
1/6/18 @TCU 88-84 (W) -2/159.5 WO 27/53 27/69 24-37
1/2/18 TTU 73-85 (L) -7.5/148 LO 25/55 29/67 27-41
12/29/17 @TEX 92-86 (W) -4/139 WO 31/69 31/72 35-42
12/21/17 @STAN 75-54 (W) -15/150.5 WU 32/61 21/61 33-35
12/18/17 NEOM 109-64 (W) -33.5/160.5 WO 43/69 22/66 45-23

 

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