Kentucky Basketball Game Tonight: Kentucky vs Mount St. Mary’s, Line, Predictions, Odds, TV Channel & Live Stream for Basketball Game Nov. 16

Kentucky's Sahvir Wheeler celebrates a dunk by Daimion Collins (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky's Sahvir Wheeler celebrates a dunk by Daimion Collins (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Kentucky basketball team is back on the court tonight in the second game of the Kentucky Classic hosting Mount St. Mary’s. Here are the odds, lines, how to watch, and our prediction.

This early in the season it’s tough to gauge a team, but it’s safe to say Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is tinkering with a variety of lineups through this seven-game home stretch. Because after that the tougher competition begins December 11 with Notre Dame and is followed by Ohio State and Louisville before Southeastern Conference play begins in January.

Mount St. Mary’s (1-2) has played a ranked team just once this season with that being Villanova and lost by 40 points. They lost to St. Joseph’s 80-60 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats (1-1) are fresh off a 100-60 win at home over Robert Morris on Friday night following their opening season loss to Duke.

Kentucky basketball hopes this battle with Mountaineers is not as close

These two are no strangers to each other and met in 2019 early in the season when Kentucky was ranked No. 9 and in the midst of their early-season run of games, they should have won. Two games prior Kentucky was stunned by Evansville and was not shooting well at all.

The Cats struggled to shoot well again against The Mount barely leading at the half and then needed an 18-3 second-half outburst led by  Immanuel Quickley who racked up eight of his 13 second-half points during the spurt that helped UK pull away for an 82-62 win. Ashton Hagans had 16.

One thing that should be much different in this game in 2021 would be on the boards. Kentucky did hand out 20 assists and but barely outrebounded the Mountaineers 35-31 two years ago. The glaring stat that irked Cal was a mere six offensive ones.

Fast forward and Kentucky big man Oscar Tshiebwe will more than take care of that problem all by himself. The big 6-foot-9 rebounding machine has had 20 boards in both the Duke and Robert Morris games with 22 coming on offense. He is also averaging 15.5 points per game.

These are leading to a lot more second-chance points for UK.

He spoke about that on Monday.

"“That’s what I’m here for. I want to do big things,” said Tshiebwe, who had 10 rebounds on both ends. “I didn’t come here to have fun. Of course, we’re going to have fun, but I came in to be a warrior, to help this team and take them as far as we can.”"

Mount St. Mary’s gets most of its offensive production from Malik Jefferson, Nana Opoku, and Mezie Offurum. The trio has been responsible for 39 percent of the Mountaineers points this year.

Jefferson has scored in double figures in each game and is averaging a team-high 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.  He is shooting 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the field on the year. Opoku adds 9.7 points and 4.7 boards, while Offurum chips in with 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.

Jalen Benjamine is the outside shooting threat knocking down 7 of 16 behind the arc, averaging 11.0 points and 5 assists per game.

Kentucky basketball vs Mount St. Mary’s Odds and Betting

WynnBet’s College Basketball Odds has Kentucky as a +24 favorite against Mount St. Mary’s with the over/under set at 133.5. Kentucky has a predicted score of 78.5 points while the Mountaineers are set at 54.5.

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Kentucky vs Mount St. Mary’s Prediction Tonight

Kentucky looks to get cleaner play game by game as it continues to mesh the team chemistry which is already very good.

Sahvir Wheeler played much more in control against Robert Morris and while he will also force a few and drive the paint when he shouldn’t his assists are what makes the offense go. He said on Monday that he wants to lead the nation in assists this season.

Wheeler is tied as the nation’s leader in assists with Marshall’s Andrew Taylor at 11 per game. This game should fit his style and hit his average.

"“I wouldn’t really consider myself a pass-first (point guard). I’m more of like a playmaker. I have to make the right play, whatever the play is that possession. I know passing is one of my gifts. Having that confidence that whenever I can collapse the defense, I can kick it out and they can make the shot. That makes my job a whole lot easier.”"

Daimion Collins had his breakout game Friday and six Wildcat’s in total reached double-figures with Dontaie Allen two points shy of joining them.

The Mountaineers have the size to play with Big O and the Cats but just not enough fire-power.

I believe that Kentucky will cover the spread with ease and with a lot of players seeing valuable minutes on the court as Cal continues to fine-tune his rotations.

Let me take Kentucky 84, Mount St. Mary’s 53

What Channel is the Kentucky Basketball Game On

The Kentucky game today will be broadcast on the SEC Network with tipoff set for 7 pm EST.

Play by Play – Tom Hart

Color – Jon Sundvold

Kentucky versus Mount St. Mary’s Live Stream

Today’s Kentucky game can be streamed live on WatchESPN

Kentucky over the airwaves

For the radio enthusiasts, our stellar team of Tom Leach (play-by-play), Mike Pratt, and Dick Gabriel (sideline) will have the call on the UK Sports Network. They can be heard at 840 AM around Louisville and in the Lexington area at both 630 AM and 98.1 FM. If you are outside these areas check your local statins or you can always listen online at

Kentucky’s Next Game and Schedule

Kentucky’s next game will be November 19 against Ohio University. Here’s a look at their schedule for the next five games.

November 19  Ohio  7 PM SEC Network

November 22 Albany  TBA

November 26 North Florida  7 PM SEC Network

November 29 Central Michigan  7 PM SEC Network

December 7 Southern University 7 PM SEC Network

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