NCAA Basketball Picks: Mississippi Rebels vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Mississippi Rebels vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Tuesday, 2/4/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Kentucky -12.5
Current Betting Line: Kentucky -12.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Mississippi has won five of its last six games, including a 75-71 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks as 10.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests. The Rebels are 26-9 SU over their last 35 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks. The team has 142 blocked shots on the season—ranking fourth in the country in averaging 6.8 rejections a contest. Mississippi is 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.
The Rebels will need a huge performance from senior guard Marshall Henderson to pull off the upset, as he leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks second nationally in averaging 4.28 3-pointers per game. He leads the team in scoring 19.2 points a contest, but he’s shooting just 36.6 percent from the floor. Junior guard Jarvis Summers is also a key player to watch—shooting 54.7 percent from beyond the arc. The program is 4-5 SU against top-100 RPI teams this season.
Kentucky has won four of its last five games, including a 84-79 victory over the Missouri Tigers as 1.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair. The Wildcats started five freshmen last time out—the first time they’ve sent out such a lineup in that situation in program history. Forward Julius Randle is the key player to handicap, as he’s averaging 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Kentucky is 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Wildcats are a dominating 80-2 SU at Rupp Arena under head coach John Calipari, which includes a 54-game home winning streak to begin his time in Lexington. Over the last five games, Kentucky is shooting 42.2 percent from the 3-point area, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 9-3-1 in the Wildcats last 13 home games.
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