At the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday – the SEC title game will be played between the Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams are heading to the NCAA tournament but would love to take down a conference title before. The Tennessee Volunteers are 25-7 on the season, and have won 6 straight games, including a blowout win Saturday over Arkansas.
The Kentucky Wildcats, anchored by head coach John Calipari finished fourth in the SEC regular season standings, with a 10-8 conference record. The Wildcats are 23-10 on the season, and beat up on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Tournament on Saturday. The Tennessee Volunteers are -1 over the Kentucky Wildcats in SEC action on Sunday.
John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats hit their dry spell during a four game losing streak in January. Since that losing streak, the Wildcats have won 6 out of their last 7 games, and appear to be one of the best teams in college basketball. In the conference tournament, the Wildcats have scored 74 points per game, and allowed opponents just 56 per game.
The top scorer for the Wildcats this season has been Kevin Knox with 15.7 points per game. Kentucky has four guys scoring double digits per game. The Wildcats will be in the NCAA Tournament for the 58th time in school history, and are seeking their 127th win. Kentucky has won 8 national titles, and 126 NCAA Tournament games.
Volunteers Red Hot
The Tennessee Volunteers have been red hot as of late, winning 13 out of their last 15 games. The lone losses during that time were on the road at Alabama and at Georgia. The Volunteers have won six straight games, including conference tournament wins over Mississippi State and Arkansas. In those two games, Tennessee scored 73 points per game.
Tennessee is led in scoring by Grant Williams with 15.4 points per game, while Admiral Schofield is second with just over 13 per. Lamonte Turn rounds out the trio of Volunteers scoring double digits per game, as he is scoring 10.7 per game. Tennessee beat Kentucky 61-59 in the first and only meeting back in Lexington this season.
Big Blue Nation Comes Through Strong
The folks of Big Blue Nation have been strong in St. Louis for the Kentucky Wildcats. This should be a great crowd for the title game of this tournament. The Kentucky Wildcats appear to be the red hot team right now, and with their talent, they are going to be awfully tough to defend. When you are betting on the SEC title game from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Sunday take the Kentucky Wildcats over the Tennessee Volunteers. Kentucky +2 over Tennessee.
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