SEC Showdown Highlights Saturday NCAA Basketball Action

On Saturday, NCAA basketball action features an SEC showdown when the No. 11 ranked Kentucky Wildcats visit the Georgia Bulldogs. The current line has Kentucky favored by 7.5 points with the over/under point total on 149.5.

Entering the game, Kentucky has an overall record of 21-5 straight up and 14-12 against the spread. On the road, the Wildcats are 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS. Georgia on the season is 15-11 SU and 12-10 ATS. At home, the Bulldogs are 10-4 SU and 2-8 ATS.

After its embarrassing loss two weeks ago at Florida, Kentucky is back to its winning ways. The Wildcats are on a three-game winning streak since Florida routed them by 22 points. On Tuesday, the Wildcats blew out Tennessee 83-58.

Prior to its three-game winning streak, Kentucky lost 3 of its previous 4 games, but the only win during that poor run was against Georgia. Kentucky defeated the Bulldogs 90-81 at home on January 31.

Georgia has won its last two games heading into this showdown, after losing 5 of 6 previous to that. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated Mississippi State by 7 points 79-72.

Malik Monk, the Kentucky star freshman guard continues to impress leading the Wildcats with 20 points against Tennessee. Kentucky is averaging 89.2 points per game which is No. 1 in the SEC and No. 4 in the nation.

Georgia’s J.J. Frazier a senior guard has hit 15 of his 30 field goals over his past two games. Yante Maten scored 24 points while grabbing 9 rebounds against Mississippi State Tuesday.

Georgia sophomore forward Derek Ogbeide is No. 4 in the SEC with a 55.9% field goal percentage and No. 5 in rebounding averaging 7.3 per game.

Kentucky’s Monk is No. 1 in scoring in the SEC averaging 21.7 per game. Monk hit 7 shots from 3-point territory in Kentucky’s earlier win over the Bulldogs.

Kentucky is 3-7 ATS in its past 10 games against SEC opponents.

Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its past 5 games on the road.

Georgia is 8-1 ATS in its past 9 games as a dog.

Georgia is 4-1 ATS in its past 5 games played on Saturday.

Prediction: Kentucky is currently riding a three-game winning streak, while Georgia has won 5 of 6. However, Kentucky has more depth and will prevail in the end. Lean here toward the Wildcats less the points.

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