Offense meets defense when the Troy Trojans (2-2) visit Kentucky to take on the No. 7 Wildcats (3-1). Kentucky opened as a 21-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 145 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
Troy Trojans at Kentucky Wildcats Betting Preview
The Trojans had no trouble getting past the Brewton-Parker College Barons in their last game, 106-71. Alex Hicks was the games high scorer with 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Troy dominated every stat category in the game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.270 (above their season average of 0.238) and a turnover percentage of 7.5 (better than their season average of 18.3). For those same stats, Brewton-Parker College was 0.120 and 14.8, respectively.
In the Wildcats last matchup, they defeated the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 78-61. Kentucky rallied around Kevin Knox, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Wildcats had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.647 (above their season average of 0.455) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.9 (above their season average of 35.6).
It might turn into a high-scoring affair as two of the nations premier offenses battle. Kentucky ranks 30th with 113.8 points per 100 possessions and Troy is 56th (111.8) dating back to last season.
The Trojans have had records of 24-16 straight up (SU) and 21-15 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Troy games have had a tendency to go over the O/U total since last season (55.6 percent).
The Wildcats have had an outstanding 32-6 SU record since last season, but have had trouble covering the spread (18-21-2 ATS). Games featuring Kentucky have had a tendency to go under the O/U total over that same period (60.0 percent).
Troy Trojans at Kentucky Wildcats Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Kentucky, ATS Winner – Troy, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Wildcats rank 28th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Trojans rank 137th (6.1).
- Kentucky ranks 55th in assists per game (15.4) while Troy ranks 119th in assists allowed per game (12.7).
- Troy ranks 68th in three pointers attempted per game (23.9) while Kentucky ranks 235th (19.3).
- The Wildcats rank 19th in rebounds per game (39.6) while the Trojans rank 144th in rebounds allowed per game (34.7).
- Kentucky ranks 10th in blocks per game (5.5) while Troy ranks 121st (3.6).