The No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats will look to continue their home dominance when they battle the Bellarmine Knights in non-conference action on Tuesday. The Wildcats (4-2), who look to extend their winning streak at Rupp Arena to 24 games, have the longest active home winning streak in the SEC. Kentucky is also looking to improve to 211-17 in games at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari. The Knights (2-5) are used to playing heavy-hitters, beating Louisville 67-66, and losing to Clemson 76-66, Duke 74-57 and UCLA 81-60 already this season.
The game from Lexington, Kentucky, is set for 7 p.m. ET. Bellarmine is averaging 64.3 points per game, while Kentucky averages 87.2. The Wildcats are 25.5-point favorites in the latest Bellarmine vs. Kentucky odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 139. Before making any Kentucky vs. Bellarmine picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs. Bellarmine and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can see the pick at SportsLine. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Bellarmine vs. Kentucky:
- Kentucky vs. Bellarmine spread: Kentucky -25.5
- Kentucky vs. Bellrmine over/under: 139 points
- BELL: The Knights are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a winning % above .600
- UK: The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games
- Kentucky vs. Bellarmine picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Kentucky can cover
Senior forward Jacob Toppin has reached double figures in four games and has recorded a pair of double-doubles this season. He is coming off a 20-point, 10-rebound effort against North Florida. He also had 15 points and 11 boards in a season-opening win over Howard. For the season, Toppin is averaging 12.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28 minutes per game.
Freshman guard Cason Wallace is off to a solid start to his career, and is averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and three steals per game. He has reached double figures in four games, and narrowly missed a triple-double in his first game as a Wildcat. In the 95-63 opening-night win over Howard, Wallace scored 15 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds. Wallace tied the school record for steals in a game with eight against Michigan State on Nov. 15.
Why Bellarmine can cover
Freshman guard Peter Suder leads the Knights, averaging 11 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He is connecting on 41.9% of his field goals and 90.9% of his free throws. Suder has reached double figures in three games, including a 24-point performance at Morehead State on Nov. 12. He added 22 points and six rebounds in an 86-46 win over Campbellsville-Harrodsburg on Nov. 14.
Redshirt senior guard Garrett Tipton is also off to a solid start to the year. He scored 21 points in a 67-66 win at Louisville on Nov. 9, and scored 12 points in an 80-59 loss at Loyola Marymount. He appeared in all 33 games last season and logged 15.4 minutes per game. He also averaged 4.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and one assist per game, while shooting 45.7% from the floor. He also connected on 21 3-pointers.
How to make Bellarmine vs. Kentucky picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 146 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time. You can see the picks here.
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