The quarterfinal round of the 2022 SEC Tournament features the Vanderbilt Commodores (17-15) and the Kentucky Wildcats (25-6) clashing on Friday evening in Tampa. Kentucky ended the regular season on a two-game win streak, including 71-63 over Florida in the finale. Likewise, Vanderbilt has won three straight games, including a victory over Alabama 82-76 on Thursday. The Wildcats won both regular-season matchups against the Commodores.
Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET from Amalie Arena. The Wildcats are favored by 10.5 points in the latest Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 142.5. Before making any Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, and just revealed its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky:
- Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt spread: Wildcats -10.5
- Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt over-under: 142.5 points
- Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt money line: Commodores +450, Wildcats -650
- UK: Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four Friday games
- VAN: Commodores are 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral-site games
Why Kentucky can cover
Junior forward Oscar Tshiebwe has been a beast for the Wildcats this season. He ranks in the top five in multiple conference categories. Tshiebwe is currently fourth in scoring (17.3), first in rebounds (15.3) and fifth in blocks (1.5). The Congo native has consistently produced, and is second in the nation with 25 double-doubles. Tshiebwe is also extremely efficient, shooting 60 percent from the floor.
Junior guard Sahvir Wheeler is a ball-handler who can orchestrate the offense for Kentucky. He's been the top passer in the SEC, ranking first with 6.9 assists per game. Additionally, Wheeler is averaging 10.1 points and 1.2 steals per game. The Texas native scored at least 13 points in his last three games. In his last outing, Wheeler had 13 points, five assists and two steals.
Why Vanderbilt can cover
Junior guard Scotty Pippen Jr. is the No. 1 option on offense for the Commodores. He is first in the SEC in scoring (20.3), along with averaging 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. The California native has scored at least 20 points in eight of his last 10 games. In the regular-season matchup against Kentucky, Pippen Jr. had 33 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Junior forward Jordan Wright averages 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Wright provides Vanderbilt with some force in the paint. The Louisiana native recorded seven double-doubles on the season. Wright is also shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc. He's knocked down at least two 3-pointers in 10 outings. In the win over Alabama, Wright had 13 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.
How to make Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky picks
SportsLine's model is leaning leaning over on the total, projecting 144 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
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