Miami vs. Kentucky Predictions, Betting And More!

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As the college football regular season winds down, fans and sports bettors seeking midweek action need not look further than college basketball, where thrilling matchups between ranked teams unfold daily.

One of the most anticipated games of the non-conference season takes place on Tuesday night, featuring the undefeated Miami Hurricanes facing off against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena. Despite UK being the early favorite at home, the single-digit spread indicates an anticipated tightly contested game.

Kentucky has experienced only one game this season with a single-digit spread, resulting in a loss to Kansas; however, the Wildcats did cover against the Jayhawks. Following that loss, John Calipari’s team secured three consecutive victories, managing to cover the spread only once. Notably, the Wildcats have consistently surpassed the over total points mark in their last four contests, averaging an impressive nearly 100 points per game.

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Meanwhile, Miami began its season with a 3-0 record against non-Power Five schools and continued their momentum against tougher competition. The Hurricanes clinched a victory against Georgia and secured an eight-point win over Kansas State. Despite being favored in both matchups, Miami covered the spread against both opponents, boasting a 4-1 record against the spread, making them one of the top spread bets in college basketball presently.

The impending clash between the undefeated Hurricanes and the improving Wildcats promises an exciting and closely contested battle, providing basketball enthusiasts and sports bettors alike with an enticing midweek spectacle on the college basketball court.

 

Miami vs. Kentucky props bets at Caesars Sportsbook

Nijel Pack prop bets

  • 16.5 points OVER (-107) / under (-137)
  • 3.5 rebounds OVER (-113) / under (-129)
  • 2.5 assists OVER (-164) / under (+111)

Matthew Cleveland prop bets

  • 15.5 points OVER (-111) / UNDER (-131)
  • 5.5 rebounds OVER (-137) / UNDER (-107)
  • 2.5 assists OVER (+110) / UNDER (-161)

Norchad Omier prop bets

  • 14.5 points OVER (-127) / UNDER (-115)
  • 9.5 rebounds OVER (+102) / UNDER (-149)
  • 1.5 assists OVER (-115) / UNDER (-127)

Wooga Poplar prop bets

  • 14.5 points OVER (-123) / UNDER (-119)
  • 5.5 rebounds OVER (-123) / UNDER (-119)
  • 1.5 assists OVER (+104) / UNDER (-152)

Antonio Reeves prop bets

  • 18.5 points OVER (-131) / UNDER (-111)
  • 4.5 rebounds OVER (-119) / UNDER (-123)

D.J. Wagner prop bets

  • 14.5 points OVER (-131) / UNDER (-111)
  • 2.5 rebounds OVER (-141) / UNDER (-104)
  • 3.5 assists OVER (-107) / UNDER (-137)

Tre Mitchell prop bets

  • 13.5 points OVER (-123) / UNDER (-117)
  • 6.5 rebounds OVER (-123) / UNDER (-119)
  • 3.5 assists OVER (+120) / UNDER (-178)

 

Kentucky Wildcats betting news

The Wildcats have shown promise early on, but their sole game with a single-digit spread resulted in a loss against Kansas. Traditionally, John Calipari’s teams, packed with talented underclassmen, tend to encounter early-season challenges as these young players adapt and grow. Despite this, overlooking Kentucky would be unwise, given their talent level, which is on par with any team in the country, especially when playing in the formidable Rupp Arena.

Typically known for a defense-first approach, Calipari-led teams often witness offensive improvements as the season progresses, with the young players maturing along the way. However, this year’s team differs in that regard; they currently rank an impressive No. 6 in Kenpom’s adjusted offensive efficiency but are placed 66th in defense.

A glance at the team’s statistics reveals an intriguing aspect: six players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Antonio Reeves, who averages 19 points per game. What’s particularly remarkable is that four of these six double-figure scorers are freshmen. This influx of young talent indicates that the team has significant potential for growth and improvement. Regardless of the outcome on Tuesday night, this Kentucky squad might be considered one of the most talented groups that Calipari has ever coached. The blend of seasoned scoring options and a youthful roster suggests a team with immense upside as the season unfolds.

 

Miami Hurricanes betting news

The Miami Hurricanes have showcased impressive performance, boasting a 4-1 record against the spread while consistently surpassing total points in four out of five games. Their offensive firepower has been a highlight, emphasizing scoring proficiency. However, their defensive efforts have been less formidable, especially in games with single-digit spreads, where they’ve conceded no fewer than 68 points.

Although Miami’s ability to engage in high-scoring shootouts generates thrilling basketball, it leaves them susceptible on occasions when their shooting might falter. Their Kenpom rankings further underline this dynamic, showcasing the Hurricanes as the 11th-ranked team in adjusted offensive efficiency while ranking a more modest 101st in adjusted defensive efficiency.

The Hurricanes’ offensive diversity makes them a formidable force as they lack a single focal point for opposing defenses. With five players averaging double figures, the scoring attack is multifaceted. Wooga Poplar leads the team with an average of 18 points per game, closely followed by Matthew Cleveland (16.8 ppg), Nijel Pack (16 ppg), and Morchad Omier (15.8 ppg).

The proficiency of Poplar, shooting at 59.4%, and Cleveland, at 50% from beyond the arc, is noteworthy, especially considering their high volume of attempts. These top scorers are averaging over nine three-point attempts per game, sinking over five in each contest. To counter Miami’s threat, the Wildcats will need to focus on disrupting the Hurricanes’ three-point shooting, as allowing Miami to reach their average of over 10 threes per game could potentially set the stage for an upset against Kentucky.