The Cats roll into Columbia not even wanting a win, but absolutely needing a win. We all know Kentucky has been miserable to watch (and bet on). Mizzou is coming off a loss to Auburns and Sharife Cooper on the road and a rough comeback win against a weak TCU squad. Kentucky is coming off a loss to Alabama, where they had the game won and choked hard late in the game.
I really like the Cats to win this game here. It should be one of those games you bet on but don’t watch because it will just piss you off all game, but look for the Cats to come out on top in the end. If you got any type of kahunas, take the points with Kentucky.
The Pick: Kentucky +4.5 @ -110
The mid-major play of the day is the 12-5 (8-6 ATS) Chattanooga Mocs on the road against the 8-9 (4-11 ATS) Western Carolina Catamounts. Chattanooga has been sputtering a bit in conference play with a 3-5 record. Luckily for them, Western Carolina has been worse.
WCU got their first win of conference play last game against The Citadel. The Citadel is ranked 285th by KenPom and is one of the worst teams in the conference. Chattanooga is ranked 167th on offense and 235th on defense. WCU is ranked 202nd and 262nd in those two categories.
The Mocs are going to need their offense to stay sharp due to their poor defensive numbers. The key stat for me is Chattanooga’s 3-point shooting. The Mocs are ranked 71st in 3 point % while WCU is ranked 237th defending the 3. Also, a nice little bonus for the Mocs is that they are ranked 3rd in free throw %. This could be huge with such a tight spread. The defense is bad for WCU all around. As long as the Mocs can get consistent production from their senior guard David Jean-Baptiste, I see them winning this game outright. Best of luck!
The Pick: Chattanooga +1.5 @ -110
NCAAB Expert Picks
Kentucky +4.5 @ -110 (Click to bet)
Chattanooga +1.5 @ -110 (Click to bet)