Kentucky Vs. Indiana: Odds Favor Wildcats By 10 Points

LEXINGTON KY - NOVEMBER 30: The Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Boston University Terriers on November 30 2010 in Lexington Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Every December, Kentucky battles Indiana, a preseason game between two glam programs that lets each test themselves against top competition.

This year, the Hoosiers beat the Wildcats, setting up a rare revenge scenario for bettors in the South Regional semifinal Friday.

And if oddsmakers are correct, Kentucky will get its revenge and play Sunday in the South final.

"The line opened at eight points and was up to -9.5 at most shops we track," said Mark Presley of "And the betting is pretty even across the board, which indicates to us that the Wildcats could be the best bet here, even while laying a lot of points."

Head-to-head, Kentucky is 9-3 ATS against Indiana over the years.

And while the Hoosiers have won three straight as an underdog, they are just 4-13 ATS in 17 games as dogs of nine or more points. That is the situation Friday, and it hasn't been a profitable one for Indiana backers lately.

Predicted Score: 87-81 Kentucky

ATS Pick: Hoosiers +9.5

How They Match Up:

In the paint, the rebounding battle will feature Kentucky's No. 15-rated squad against Indiana's No. 169-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kentucky rates No. 212 in the country with 5.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 146 nationally with 6.4 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Indiana owns the country's No. 206-rated mark, allowing 71.1 points per game on the highway. Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 31 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Indiana, they were a 63-61 winner as they battled Virginia Commonwealth. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. The Hoosiers got 16 points from Christian Watford as Indiana won on Saturday at the Rose Garden.

In its last matchup, Kentucky was an 87-71 winner against Iowa State. The Wildcats covered the 12-point spread as favorites. Marquis Teague scored 24 points leading the Wildcats to an 87-71 victory at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday.

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