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CBB Odds – Kentucky Wildcats to beat Vanderbilt handily on Saturday

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Top ranked Kentucky (17-1, 10-16-1 ATS) recently covered the CBB odds vs. the Vanderbilt Commodores (20-8, 12-12 ATS) in Nashville, and we now look for a more convincing Wildcats’ cover at home in Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY on Saturday, February 25th at 12:00 Noon ET on CBS.

The Wildcats are a one-point loss at Indiana away from being undefeated this season, and Coach John Calipari has never lost a game straight up at Rupp Arena since taking over as Kentucky coach (51-0), including going 17-0 at Rupp this year while winning by an average of 22.4 points. Yes, the Wildcats are just 5-11 against the CBB odds at home, but they will be favored by less than 22.4 points here!

Now Vanderbilt is right there with Florida as the second best team in the SEC, and the Commodores are 14-4 since center Festus Ezeli’s belated season debut. Vandy is also now all the way up to 24th overall on the Pomeroy Ratings, making us look like geniuses after predicting that the ‘Dores would improve significantly once Ezeli returned. Unfortunately, Kentucky is one team they don’t match up well against.

Then again, there is probably no team in the country that can match up with the Wildcats on the CBB odds, as they are now the top-ranked team in the land in both the national polls and the Pomeroy Ratings, and they are the only team in the country ranked in the top 10 in both offensive efficiency (3rd) and defensive efficiency (8th).

As if that did not make Vanderbilt’s task difficult enough, the Wildcats will be looking to improve after a lackadaisical effort on Tuesday at Mississippi State where they trailed by 13 points at halftime before rallying for a nine-point win. Kentucky will not take the Commodores lightly here either after winning by only six points in Nashville two weeks ago, although the Cats did barely cover the 5½-point spread.

Vanderbilt scored 40 second half points in that game, which has become unheard of vs. a Kentucky defense that is ranked second in effective field goal percentage against, first in two-point defense at 38.1 percent and 76th in three-point defense at 32.2 percent.

Now a peek at Vanderbilt’s numbers reveals that it ranks 54th in the country in two-point offense and 103rd in two-point defense on the CBB wagering odds, but as we predicted, they have steadily improved in both areas with Ezeli manning the interior and that has led to a rapid ascent up the Pomeroy Ratings.

Remember that the Commodores may be the most experienced team in the country with all five starters from last year back and this team was ranked in the Top 10 in the preseason polls this year. We still think that this will be a dangerous sleeper come tournament time, that is, as long as it can avoid Kentucky.

The Commodores unfortunately can’t avoid facing the Wildcats here, so look for another covering Kentucky victory.

CBB Odds Prediction: Take the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday

So will Kentucky continue to simply blow teams away at Rupp Arena or does an excellent Vanderbilt team offer great value as a decided road underdog? You can back your opinion on this and other CBB odds right now at Bookmaker Sportsbook, the top ranked and most respected sportsbook in the world.

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