Second-place in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division and seeding for the SEC tournament will be on the line tonight when No. 23 Kentucky hosts 20th-ranked Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena. 

Game time is 9:00 PM ET with national television coverage on ESPN. The Kentucky Wildcats have won 33 straight games at home and are favored on the college basketball betting board to extend that streak over a Commodores team that beat them earlier in the season.

A Vanderbilt Commodores win would virtually sew up second-place while a Kentucky victory essentially ties the two clubs going into the season finale. The Wildcats will be looking to complete a perfect regular season and notch their fifth straight win over Vandy in the process.

Vanderbilt Commodores (21-7 SU & 14-9-1 ATS)

The Commodores bounced back from a home loss against Tennessee to win big at LSU 90-60 for their sixth win in seven games. The duo of sophomore guard John Jenkins (19.5 points. 3.2 rebounds) and junior forward Jeffrey Taylor (14.5 points, 5.5 boards) give the Commodores a potent 1-2 punch. They lead a Vandy offense that is ranked 24th in the nation in points scored (77.1) and is 22nd in 3-point percentage (38.9) The Commodores allow 66.8 points per game but rank ninth in the nation in 3-point shooting defense at 28.9 percent. Junior center Festus Ezeli (12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds) has been productive in the post for the ‘Dores, who are also 42nd in field-goal defense.

In Vanderbilt’s 30-point wipeout of LSU on Saturday, Jeffery Taylor scored 20 points, his 21st double-figure effort of the season and the 67th of his career. Jenkins added 17 for the winners who will be facing some tough odds. Vandy hast won at Rupp since Jan. 20, 2007 and Kentucky hasn’t lost a home game there since falling 90-85 to Georgia on March 4, 2009.

Josh HarrisonVanderbilt is 4-3 on the road in the SEC and have won their last three road trips, although two of those were against LSU and Auburn. They are just 1-3 versus SEC East teams on the road. 

Kentucky Wildcats (20-8 & 10-12-1 ATS)

The Wildcats are coming off arguably their biggest victory of the season, a 76-68 win over Florida. Freshman Brandon Knight scored 16 points with six assists in a 76-68 win over the No. 14 Gators while the ‘Cats other guard Darius Miller posted a career-high 24. The victory all but assured Kentucky an invitation to the Big Dance and moved them to the brink of a much coveted first-round bye in the SEC tournament. Freshmen Terrence Jones (17.3 points, 9.1 rebounds) and Knight (17.7 points, 4.0 assists) both played well against Vandy the first time with Jones scoring 25 and Knight adding 20.

The Wildcats give it up only 11.2 times per game but had only seven against Florida, their second lowest total of the season.

Kentucky is 20th in the nation in scoring (77.6) 14th in 3-point shooting percentage (39.9) and 51st in field-goal percentage (46.4). Defensively they’re allowing 64.5 points per game but the Wildcats are 11th in the country in field-goal percentage (39). Kentucky is also19th in turnovers nationally thanks to their excellent guard play.

It’s worth noting that since losing to Vanderbilt, Kentucky has won three of four.

Lexington Layups

Vanderbilt is 6-2-1 ATS on the road this season while Kentucky is 2-6-1 vs. the number in its last nine games.

The Wildcats have played five straight overs while the Commodores have played three of their last four games to the under.

Kentucky is 11-0 this season when making half of its field-goal attempts.

Harvey’s Take: Take the ‘over’. It will be raining 3’s and there should be points galore.