The Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (1-2) travel to Rupp Arena to battle the 13th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (1-1) on Tuesday night. Kentucky is looking to win its second straight game and improve to 2-1 on the year. The Wildcats suffered a setback against Duke in their opener but bounced-back with an emphatic 100-60 victory over Robert Morris on Friday.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Wildcats are 26-point favorites, while the over-under for total points is 136 in the latest Kentucky vs. Mount St. Mary's odds. Before making any Mount St. Mary's vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs. Mount St. Mary's and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Mount St. Mary's vs. Kentucky:
- Kentucky vs. Mount St. Mary's spread: Kentucky -26
- Kentucky vs. Mount St. Mary's over-under: 136 points
- Kentucky vs. Mount St. Mary's money line: Mount St. Mary's +1400, Kentucky -4000
- UK: The Over is 4-0-1 in Wildcats last five games overall
- MSM: The Over is 4-0 in Mountaineers last four games as an underdog
Why Kentucky can cover
The Wildcats average 85.5 points per game and shoot 46 percent from the field. Kentucky has four players who average double-digit points. Graduate student guard Kellan Grady is second on the team with 14 points per game. Grady scored a team-high 19 points against Robert Morris, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
Junior Sahvir Wheeler is scoring 10.5 points per game, while averaging 11 assists per contest. In the season-opener against Duke, Wheeler recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. In the following game against Robert Morris, he only scored five points but still delivered 12 assists while snatching three steals.
Why Mount St. Mary's can cover
The Mountaineers have two players who average double-digit points. They are led by junior forward Malik Jefferson, who averages a team-high 13.7 points per game while coming down with 5.3 rebounds. The Virginia native has scored over 12 points and grabbed at least five rebounds in all three games thus far.
Junior guard Jalen Benjamin is second on the team and averages 11 points per game. Against Washington College, Benjamin scored a team-high 20 points. He shot 7 of 10 from the field and had the hot hand from beyond the arc. The North Carolina native shot 6-9 from three while dishing out seven assists.
How to make Mount St. Mary's vs. Kentucky picks
The model is leaning under on the total, projecting 133 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can get the model's pick only at SportsLine.
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