Kentucky Poised to Cash in Sunday's College Basketball Picks

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Swinging Johnson

Sunday, November 12, 2017 2:44 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 2:44 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats were staring down the barrel of a nine-point deficit after the first-half of their season opener against Utah Valley State. The Cats came back to win but failed to cover the 21-point impost the college basketball odds makers were dealing. Now the question is, can they cover tonight?

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

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Vermont (0-0 SU & ATS) vs. Kentucky (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)

* Kentucky is 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 Sunday games.

* Kentucky is 11-7 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games.

* Kentucky is 10-8 ATS as a home favorite over their last 18 home games.

* Vermont is  1-6 ATS in their last seven games as a road underdog of 7.0-12.5.

* Vermont is 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

* Vermont is 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine Sunday games.

The college basketball oddsmakers opened this one at Kentucky -14 but apparently, the Wildcats' lackluster first-half against Utah Valley State is still resonating in the minds of bettors because this number has now fallen to -12 in virtually all of the major online sportsbooks. In addition, the Catamounts are coming off an impressive 2016 season in which they reeled off a stunning 21 consecutive wins en route to a 29-5 season. Vermont was seeded as a No. 13 seed in the Big Dance and were summarily bounced by their No. 4 opponent Purdue in the opening round. That is also clear in the minds of college hoops bettors as they are aware Vermont will be returning their top stars from last year and will have all that experience under their collective belts to bring to bear on Kentucky Sunday night.

While that all sounds well and good it is short-sighted and not taking into account the enormous step up in class this will be for the Catamounts. Although it is true that the Wildcats were surprisingly outplayed in the first half of their season opener Friday night, it should be noted that they awoke from their slumber and outscored their opponents by 19 points in the second half. It was a good eye-opener for the highly touted Wildcats and one that will ensure that they come prepared from the opening tip off until the final buzzer. I like the fact that the line has fallen a few points because this will be a double-digit massacre in Lexington which is why Kentucky is included in my college basketball picks for Sunday night.

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