Kentucky vs Tennessee prediction, odds: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan 14 best bets from proven model

the no 5 Tennessee Volunteers will look to extend their winning streak to six games when they battle the Kentucky Wildcats in a key SEC matchup on Saturday. The Volunteers (14-2, 4-0 SEC), who have won 13 of their last 14 games, are coming off a 77-68 win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday. The Wildcats (10-6, 1-3), who have dropped two in a row, suffered a 71-68 setback to South Carolina on Tuesday. Tennessee has won eight of the last 13 meetings with Kentucky.

Tip-off from Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., is set for noon ET. Kentucky leads the all-time series 158-77, and holds a 54-52 edge in games played in Knoxville. The Volunteers are 11.5-point favorites in the latest Kentucky vs. Tennessee odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 131. Before making any Tennessee vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 9 of the season 34-18 on all-top rated college basketball picks, returning more than $1,000 for $100 players. Anyone who has followed it has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs Tennessee and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Tennessee vs Kentucky:

  • Kentucky vs. Tennessee spread: Tennessee -11.5
  • Kentucky vs Tennessee over/under: 131 points
  • Kentucky vs Tennessee money line: Kentucky +475, Tennessee -700
  • UK: The Over is 5-1 in the Wildcats’ last six games overall
  • TEN: The volunteers are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine home games
  • Kentucky vs. Tennessee picks: See picks at SportsLine

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Why Tennessee can cover

The volunteers are led by senior center Santiago Vescovi who is averaging 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Over the past five games, Vescovi is averaging 16.5 points, shooting 60.4% from the field and 56.7% from 3-point range. He has 230 career 3-pointers and can move into fifth-place all-time on the school list with two more makes.

Also powering Tennessee is senior forward Olivier Nkamhoua, who averages 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He is connecting on 59.1% of his field goals, including 38.9% from 3-point range, and 70.7% at the free-throw line. In Saturday’s 85-42 win at South Carolina, Nkamhoua registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was his first of the season.

Why Kentucky can cover

Senior forward Oscar Tshiebwe leads the Wildcats and has a league-best nine double-doubles. He is averaging 16 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, and has scored 20 or more points in five games. Tshiebwe, who also averages 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, has produced 37 double-doubles in 48 career games with Kentucky. Last season, Tshiebwe was an unanimous first-team All-America selection, and was the National College Player of the Year.

Also helping spur on the Kentucky offense is senior guard Antonio Reeves. He averages 11.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while connecting on 41.1% of his field goals, including 40.4% of his 3-pointers and 71.9% of his free throws. The Illinois State transfer has achieved double-digit scoring in 11 games and scored 20 points while grabbing four boards at Alabama last Saturday. He reached the 1,000-career point total last season at Illinois State.

How to make Tennessee vs. Kentucky picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total. In fact, it says 10 different players will score more than eight points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50% of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Kentucky vs Tennessee? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Kentucky vs. Tennessee spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has seen profitable returns on its college basketball picks this seasonand find out.

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