I expect a solid home win from Kentucky in this contest. Kentucky has won 12 out of their last 13 games overall, and they came through with a dominating 86-69 home win over a Tennessee team that was rated #1 in the country at the time. The Wildcats are playing spectacular defense, holding their opponents to an average of 63 points in their last five games. All while the Tigers have been struggling.
Auburn nearly pulled off one of the most dramatic wins of the season the first time these teams played one another, coming from 17 points down in the second half to take a brief lead late in the game, only to ultimately fall 8280. Kentucky has lost just once since then, while Auburn has dropped four more games and is still hunting for a signature victory. If the Tigers are going to get it on Saturday, theyre going to have to live well on the offensive end. Kentucky is a particularly terrible matchup for Auburn because of its size and ability to clean up the offensive glass. Auburn will need big performances from Bryce Brown and Jared Harper in this one. The two combined for 45 points in the first game, and it wasnt enough. Theyll need at least that many to have a chance on Saturday. One other factor to consider is Auburns top-ranked defensive-turnover rate in the country. Kentucky can get sloppy with the ball every now and again, and live-ball turnovers would likely also be key to an Auburn upset.
Looking at the Wildcats, Kentucky has won 12 out of their last 13 games overall, and they came through with a dominating 86-69 home win over a Top 5 Tennessee team. The Wildcats are playing spectacular defense, holding their opponents to an average of 63 points in their last five games. On the flip side, Auburn has cooled down offensively, averaging only 66 points in their last three games which is not a good sign going up against Kentucky. Hard not to back the hotter/better team in Kentucky at home.
Covers community free betting prediction for Kentucky Wildcats (66% consensus). Fourth-ranked Kentucky will be without one of its top scorers and rebounders when it hosts Auburn on Saturday in an SEC game. Reid Travis, a graduate student forward who averages 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds, sprained his right knee in Tuesday's 66-58 victory at Missouri and it doesn't appear he'll be back in time for the showdown at No. 5 Tennessee next Saturday that could decide the conference regular-season title... http://bit.ly/2EA4Yx5