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Kentucky vs Ole Miss Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 31st Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Rebels Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kentucky Wildcats at Ole Miss Rebels
- Where: Oxford at The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss
- Date: Tuesday, January 31st
- Betting Odds: Kentucky -6.5, UK -297 | MISS +231 O/U 135.5
Through 21 games, the Kentucky Wildcats have an overall record of 14-7. So far, the Wildcats have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 2-2. This season, Kentucky has been favored to win in 17 games, sitting with a mark of 13-4. For today’s contest, Kentucky has a betting line set -6.5 points in their favor.
Oscar Tshiebwe comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 16.63 points per contest. Not only has Tshiebwe been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kentucky’s top rebounder at 13.68 boards per contest. Behind Tshiebwe, the team has benefited from the strong play of Antonio Reeves, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.71 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.6% of his shots and is adding 2.14 boards per game.
Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Ole Miss, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 21 games, they have hit 48.4% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 456th in possessions per game.
The Ole Miss Rebels head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 9-12. So far this season, Ole Miss has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-6. For the season, Ole Miss has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 0-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Rebels being +6.5 point underdogs.
Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Rebels’ top scorer Matthew Murrell is listed as questionable. In his 19 games, he is averaging 14.89 points per game while providing the team with an outside shooting threat. If he is unable to play, the team will be losing their top outside shooter. Without Matthew Murrell out of the lineup, Jaemyn Brakefield is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 9.33 points per contest to go along with 4.95 rebounds and 1.19 assists.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Ole Miss this season, as they are currently ranked 297th in college basketball at 68.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Rebels’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.6%, placing them 340th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Ole Miss Rebels +6.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Kentucky Wildcats are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -6.5. However, we anticipate Ole Miss putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Wildcats as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Rebels to cover.