March 11, 2018
There is one pick today. Please note that tip-off for this game is scheduled for 1:00pm EST.
Take Kentucky PK spread against Tennessee for 3% of the bankroll.
The Kentucky Wildcats have had, what some would consider, a down year this season given the lofty expectations that had been placed on a John Calipari led squad. While Kentucky showed their youth and inexperience in the early part of the season, this team is currently peaking at the right time. Given the fact that Kentucky players are often one-and-done in their college basketball career, each and every year, coach Cal is forced to lead a group of young, but talented group of players and this year has been no different. It has taken this year's Wildcats team a little while longer to develop the chemistry that we have become used to seeing, at the moment, they are playing up to potential that many expected to see. They are playing well on both sides of the ball and will be a tough out for any team come tournament time.
The Tennessee Volunteers, on the other hand, have far exceeded expectations this season after many predicted they would place in the bottom half of the SEC. They are also playing well at the moment; however, we don't believe they will be ready to play on the same level as the Wildcats. The Volunteers played a near perfect game in their semi-final matchup, connecting on 11 of 17 attempts from long range and shot nearly 70% in the first half of their matchup. We don't expect them to have that same success in this contest.
Kentucky swept the season meetings between these two teams and that was when they were not playing as well as they are now. Coach Cal knows what it is like playing in these high-profile contests and understands what it takes to win championships. We expect his leadership and poise to trickle down to his players, which will give them a distinct advantage in this contest. The Wildcats have not lost an SEC tournament game since 2014, and we don't expect that trend to end this afternoon. This will likely be a closely contested game, but just as in their first two matchups this tournament, Kentucky was able to continuously make plays on both sides of the ball and create separation on the scoreboard. With this game being a pick'em, the value is with the perennial champions.
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