The No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats will try to bounce back from a season-opening loss when they host the Robert Morris Colonials of the Horizon League in the Kentucky Classic on Friday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kent. The Wildcats (0-1) opened the season with a 79-71 loss to No. 9 Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile, Robert Morris (0-1) dropped its season opener at Central Florida on Wednesday, 69-59. Kentucky and Robert Morris will be meeting for the third time ever, with the series tied at 1-1.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Wildcats are favored by 23.5 points in the latest Kentucky vs. Robert Morris odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 144. Before making any Robert Morris vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.
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Kentucky vs. Robert Morris spread: Wildcats -23.5 Kentucky vs. Robert Morris Over/Under: 144 points Kentucky vs. Robert Morris money line: Wildcats -2800, Colonials +1200UK: Oscar Tshiebwe leads team in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (19.0) RMU: Colonials rank eighth in the country in free throw percentage (93.8)
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Why Kentucky can cover
Kentucky has a deep and experienced roster. Because of an influx of transfers, key returners and an extra season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wildcats entered the season with more Div. I minutes (13,385) than any other team in program history since minutes were kept as a stat beginning with the 1964-65 season. The team also entered the season with 5,203 career points, the second most in school history. Only the 1995-96 national title team returned more, with 5,232 points.
In addition, Oscar Tshiebwe is coming off a dazzling debut for Kentucky. The 6-foot-9 transfer from West Virginia led the team in both scoring (17 points) and rebounding (19) in the season opener against Duke. He also shot 8-of-14 from the field and added two blocks, one assist and one steal.
Why Robert Morris can cover
While the Wildcats may be talented and experienced, they lack cohesion at this point in the season. Only one of Kentucky’s starters on Tuesday, Keion Brooks Jr., started for the Wildcats last season. Of the four others, three were transfers, and one was a freshman. Kentucky’s best ball this season likely will come later in the year after the players have had time to assimilate.
In addition, Robert Morris has had success against the Wildcats before. In the first round of the NIT in 2013, the Colonials shocked Kentucky, 59-57, to earn the biggest win in program history. That Wildcats team had won the national championship the previous season.
How to make Kentucky vs. Robert Morris picks
The model is leaning under on the point total, projecting 142 combined points. It also has generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in more than 50 percent of simulations. You can get the model’s Kentucky vs. Robert Morris pick only at SportsLine.
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