Kentucky Wildcats vs. Baylor Bears: NCAA Basketball Odds and Picks
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Baylor Bears
Friday, 12/6/13, 10:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Kentucky -4
Current Betting Line: Kentucky -3.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Kentucky is riding a five-game winning streak since suffering its only loss of the season to Michigan State on Nov. 12, as it captured all of those games by an average of 16.2 points. The Wildcats start four freshmen, with forward Julius Randle being the main player, as he’s averaging 18.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks. The program owns a 7-1 SU all-time record in this series, with the only loss coming a season ago. Kentucky is 4-1 SUATS versus Big 12 Conference opponents the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation.
The Wildcats have compiled a 25-4 SU record in the month of December since head coach John Calipari arrived on campus. Randle already ranks 28th in program history for made free throws by a first-year player—sitting 120 behind John Wall’s record. Kentucky owns an all-time record of 154-33 SU as the No. 3 team in the country, including a 20-1 mark under Calipari.
Baylor will be playing Kentucky for the third straight year in participating in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball lines. The Bears have won multiple games against ranked opponents in each of the last six seasons entering the 2013-14 campaign, while they’ve gone 31-5 SU in December since 2007-08. Nine players average 15-plus minutes per game, with the bench providing 32.9 points per game. Baylor is 0-2 SUATS as neutral court underdogs the last two-plus seasons.
The Bears have won 27 of their last 28 games when leading at the half, which is important to consider due to the youth of the Wildcats. Baylor center Isaiah Austin is averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while he paces the Big 12 in swatting 3.3 balls a contest. It’s important to point out that the program is 38-17 against non-conference foes in games away from the Ferrell Center in the Scott Drew era.
Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 8-3-1 ATS mark in their last 12 non-conference games.
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