Kentucky vs. Auburn Prediction: Can Kentucky Upset Auburn on the Road?
Kentucky vs. Auburn Prediction: Can Kentucky Upset Auburn on the road?
The Auburn Tigers are currently 17-1 on the season and probably should be ranked as the number one team in the nation. With a win against the Kentucky Wildcats, at home, that'll all but solidify that statement. Auburn has lost just one game, which was to UConn in double overtime, back on November 24 on a neutral court. Since then, the Tigers have looked unstoppable with wins over LSU, Florida, and Alabama. Adding Kentucky to this list would be incredible for Bruce Pearl's squad. Here are our picks and predictions for the SEC matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Auburn Tigers.
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Kentucky vs. Auburn Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where To Watch: CBS
Kentucky vs. Auburn Injury Report
Out: G CJ Fredrick (Lower Body)
Questionable: G Lior Berman (Undisclosed)
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers Betting Line Movement
Kentucky vs. Auburn Prediction
Today's game could be one of the best games on television, and that's including both of the NFL playoffs games today. Kentucky and Auburn both rank in the top 20 in offensive and defensive efficiency and both teams should have close to injury-free rosters. Kentucky's offense is one of the best in the nation. The Wildcats have shot a 54.9 percent effective field goal percentage while earning 40 percent offensive rebounds on the year. The Wildcats are second in the nation in offensive rebounding and are tough to stop. Kentucky has hit 35.3 percent of threes and 55.7 percent of twos this season, however, the Wildcats don't get to the line at a high rate. Auburn will foul at a high rate though, so there's a chance that Kentucky finds the line a little bit more today. Auburn is allowing teams to shoot just a 44.5 percent effective field goal percentage while forcing teams to turn the ball over 22.3 percent of the time. Opponents have hit just 31.3 percent from deep and 43 percent from inside the arc, which is really good defensively. On the other hand, Auburn is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 52.6 percent on the season. Like Kentucky, the Tigers don't turn the ball over often, but the Tigers should be in a better position knowing that the Kentucky defense doesn't force turnovers at a high rate in comparison to Auburn's defense. Auburn is earning 32 percent offensive rebounds and shooting 34.2 percent from three and 53.5 percent from inside the arc. However, Kentucky's defense has been able to shut down teams on the glass all season long and has allowed opponents to shoot 29.7 percent from three and 45.5 percent from inside the arc. This is going to be a tight game throughout, but I'll roll with the home team. The lines are pretty much spot on right now and I wouldn't say there's an edge either way. But if the game is tight and Auburn pulls away, they'll cover the small spread of -4.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers Pick
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.