Kentucky vs. Ole Miss to go Over for your Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:52 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats have the ability to dominate the offensive glass against the Mississippi Rebels, which should lead to a high-scoring affair Tuesday night for our college basketball picks.

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Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at the Tad Smith Coliseum, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Ability to bounce back

Kentucky has won all five games following a loss during the 2013-14 campaign, as it looks to bounce back from a 69-59 setback to the Florida Gators as 2.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive affair.

The Wildcats have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with freshman forward Julius Randle leading the way at 15.7 points a contest.

It’s important to point out that the program is a dismal 3-12-2 ATS in its last 17 road games.

Returning home

Mississippi dropped both games of its most recent road trip, including a 61-60 defeat to the Georgia Bulldogs as 3.5-point underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total in each of the affairs.

The Rebels are 27-12 SU in their last 39 games versus SEC opponents—the best such mark in school history in that situation.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games versus opponents with a winning record.

Pounding the glass

The Wildcats are scoring 53.9 percent of their points from two-point range, with much of that success attributed to the fact that they rank first in the country in offensive rebounding percentage.

Kentucky is averaging 16.3 second chance points per game, while it has grabbed 67 offensive boards over its last five contests.

From way downtown

Rebels leading scorer Marshall Henderson is the main player to handicap in this matchup, considering he averages 4.45 3-point makes per game, but he made just 4 of 12 attempts from beyond the arc in the team’s 80-64 loss to the Wildcats as 11-point road underdogs on Feb. 4.

Mississippi has another capable scorer in the backcourt in junior Jarvis Summers, who has increased his scoring by 7.7 points per game over his last season average.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the total as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the OVER is 13-6 in the Rebels’ last 19 home games.

College Basketball Pick: Over