Free NCAA Basketball Pick - Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:30 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 7:30 PM UTC

After winning each of their last 3 games by a total of 20 points or more, the talented Kentucky Wildcats are in full form as they're the decisive betting favorite in their matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodore tonight.

  Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores


My message to coach UK John Calipari is: Take advantage while you still have freshmen Malik Monk (21.9 points) and De'Aaron Fox (16.3 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.1 rebounds) in your lineup as that dynamic duo has a ticket for the NBA with their names on it after this season. Coach Cal's strength is recruiting as he brings the best high school players to Kentucky, they do the one-and-done scenario and then cash in at the NBA level with a huge contract. This season, the Wildcats have a chance to go deep into the NCAA Tournament.

Monk has been a flat-out monster in his last five games with a 34-point effort against Ole Miss, and he also hit 18 of 28 shots for 47 points against North Carolina. This is a top-level competition that we're talking about, and although Monk is coming off of one of his more ineffective efforts against Arkansas, the Wildcats still managed to blow out the Razorbacks by 26 points.

Let's not forget about Fox. This is a player who compliments Monk as Fox can do it all. While Monk was ineffective against Arkansas, Fox had a huge game, shooting 10 of 16 for 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. When one star is having an  off -game, the other is there to pick up the pieces.

For the Commodores, leading scorer Matthew Fisher-Davis (16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds) will look to shake off a poor effort in a 59-56 loss to Alabama over the weekend as his offense is needed here. Previous to his 7-point outing against Alabama, he had three consecutive games of 20 points or more. This is definitely a player Kentucky will need to focus on defensively.

NCAAB Free Pick: Kentucky -12Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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