Miami vs Kentucky Odds, Picks, & Predictions: UK Laying Points at Home in Top-15 Battle

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The inaugural ACC/SEC Basketball Challenge features plenty of interesting games — on both the men’s and women’s side — but the clear headliner is No. 8 Miami vs. No. 12 Kentucky on Tuesday night.

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The matchup in Rupp Arena between two teams with championship aspirations, not only in their respective conferences but nationally, tips off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Below is everything you need to know about Tuesday’s game, including our Miami vs. Kentucky betting pick.

Here are our Miami vs. Kentucky odds, picks, and predictions.

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Miami vs. Kentucky Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

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Miami Hurricanes (5-0, 4-1 ATS)

The Hurricanes are coming off an impressive season in 2022-23, and they brought back several key pieces this year, though losing Isaiah Wong and Jordan Miller did leave big shoes to fill in the backcourt. Still, with returning starters Nijel Pack, Norchad Omier, and Wooga Poplar, the Canes once again look like a contender in the ACC (they were co-champs in the regular season last year before their Final Four run in the NCAA Tournament).

Miami is off to a strong start to the year, with no losses through five games, but is yet to face an opponent like Kentucky. The Hurricanes’ toughest game to date was against Kansas State on Nov. 19, a 91-83 win. Just like last year, the Hurricanes are outstanding offensively (No. 11, according to Ken Pomeroy), but their defense has allowed 100.8 points per 100 minutes, placing them outside the top 100 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency measure.

Kentucky Wildcats (5-1, 3-3 ATS)

The Wildcats look like a force in the SEC after a 5-1 start that included a close loss to Kansas. Kentucky’s young backcourt played well enough for a massive win against the Jayhawks, but UK’s lack of size in the frontcourt against Kansas center Hunter Dickinson ultimately proved too much to overcome. Wildcats fans have to feel good about what this team is capable of, though, given what we’ve seen from freshmen Rob Dillingham, Reed Sheppard, D.J. Wagner, and Justin Edwards.

Both Dillingham (50% from 3-point land on 4.7 attempts per game) and Sheppard (67% from 3 on 3.5 attempts per game) have been lights-out from outside. Sheppard has also been a defensive menace with 3.2 steals per game. The Wildcats are one of the best 3-point shooting squads in the country at 42.5% (No. 4 nationally) on 29 attempts per game.

Once 7-footers Aaron Bradshaw and Zvonimir Ivisic and 6-foot-11 Ugonna Onyenso are healthy (and in Ivisic’s case, eligible), the Wildcats will have a deep team.

Miami vs. Kentucky Prediction: Expect a Track Meet

A high-scoring affair feels like a certainty. Kentucky has been tested against one top opponent already, Kansas, and played well in just the third college basketball game ever for its freshmen. Miami has an edge in experience and a force down low in Omier (9.2 rebounds per game). The Hurricanes are also shooting the ball from outside even better than Kentucky — they’re No. 1 nationally at 45.8% from downtown on 23.6 attempts per game.

But in a tough atmosphere like Rupp, the safest play is the Over given that Miami is yet to face an opponent of this caliber. The total of 164 feels well within reach for a clash between a Kentucky team averaging 94 points per game and a Miami team averaging 89.

Pick: Over (164 at time of publishing)

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How To Watch Miami vs. Kentucky

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023
  • Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Rupp Arena — Lexington, Ky.
  • Where to Watch: ESPN
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Tyler Everett has been a sports writer since joining the student newspaper at his alma mater, NC State, back in 2008. He's covered sports and sports business for a number of newspapers and websites, including the Denver Broncos, Charlotte Observer, High Press Soccer, and Sports Business Journal, where he currently works full-time.

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