The No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats (6-1) can prolong a six-game home winning streak when they take on the Harvard Crimson (3-5) at Rupp Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 143.5 points with Kentucky opening as a 20.5-point favorite. Action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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In the Crimson’s last game, they were beaten by the Northeastern Huskies, 77-61. Harvard’s Bryce Aiken put together a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Northeastern had a turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 20.9). Harvard, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (14-18; 77.8 percent).
The Wildcats will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the UIC Flames in their last game, 107-73. With 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting, Kevin Knox was the top scorer from either team. Kentucky played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.698 (above their season average of 0.519) and a turnover percentage of 16.6 (better than their season average of 19.2). UIC was 0.445 and 22.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Contrasting tempos will be on display in this showdown. Kentucky ranks 31st in possessions per game (73.5) while Harvard is 267th (68.0) since the 2016-17 season.
Games including these teams have typically finished under the O/U total. Harvard games have gone under 66.7 percent of the time, while 66.7 percent of Kentucky games have gone under. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Wildcats have a significant advantage. They are 6-1 SU and 3-4 ATS, while the Crimson are 3-5 SU and 1-5 ATS.
Harvard Crimson vs. Kentucky Wildcats Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Kentucky, ATS Winner – Harvard, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Crimson rank ninth in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while the Wildcats rank 130th (3.4).
- Kentucky ranks 44th in assists allowed per game (11.5) while Harvard ranks 95th (12.3).
- Kentucky ranks 16th in rebounds per game (40.0) while Harvard ranks 203rd (35.2).
- The Wildcats rank 37th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Crimson rank 222nd (6.8).
- Harvard ranks 98th in three pointers attempted per game (22.9) while Kentucky ranks 263rd (18.7).