9:05 pm
January 25

Mississippi State @ #12 Kentucky

Who will WIN this matchup?

Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-5)

@ #12 Kentucky Wildcats (15-4)


Current odds:

Mississippi State Bulldogs: (+360)

Kentucky Wildcats: (-475)


The spread for the game is Kentucky by 9 points.

The Wildcats (15-4, 5-2) will try to keep their perfect 12-0 home mark spotless Tuesday night when they host the Bulldogs (13-5, 4-2) in Lexington, Ky. There is a level of uncertainty around head coach John Calipari’s Wildcats after their 80-71 defeat at then-No. 2 Auburn, a game the visitors led by 10 points in the first half.

UK star TyTy Washington made a high-floating runner in the lane but landed on a teammate’s foot while giving the Wildcats a nine-point advantage with 8:21 left in the opening half against the Tigers. Down 48-47 in the second half, point guard Sahvir Wheeler ran into a pick set by Auburn seven-footer Walker Kessler, was shaken up and left the game for a spell. By the time the electrifying Georgia transfer returned, the outcome was decided as the Wildcats suffered their third loss in four tries against opposition ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.

The Bulldogs lost at Florida following a late offensive drought but rebounded to hammer rival Ole Miss 78-60 at home and split the season series. However, that victory also came at a cost. Big man Tolu Smith, the SEC’s reigning rebound champion, suffered a partially dislocated knee with only 75 seconds left in the blowout. The good news, though, was that Sunday’s MRI revealed no structural damage.

In eight games so far, Smith — who averaged 8.6 rebounds per game last season — is producing 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals. The conference’s third-leading scorer (17.7), Iverson Molinar notched 20 points in MSU’s win over Ole Miss to surpass 1,000 for his career.

StreakSmarter Pick
#12 Kentucky Wildcats