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The Morning Line: Kentucky takes on Auburn for SEC bragging rights

The Kentucky Wildcats head to Auburn for a Top 25 showdown, Cincinnati has a chance at a needed big win, and Butler continues to not get respect from bettors.

Kentucky Wildcats forward Nick Richards rebounds the ball against Vanderbilt Commodores forward Ejike Obinna in the second half at Rupp Arena Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

As the calendar moves into February, this is the time of year people start paying attention to college basketball. And the teams that are battling for postseason spots know now is the best time to make an impression on a selection committee.

#13 Kentucky takes on #17 Auburn in the only game pairing Top 25 teams today. It’s been an up-and-down year for UK, and they’re a three-point underdog heading to The Plains. Bruce Pearl has his team playing outstanding basketball right now, with three straight SEC wins and a big comeback in regulation to beat Ole Miss in Oxford in double overtime. And when Big Blue Nation comes to town, no matter their ranking, it’s always an event on The Plains.

The American Conference has had their share of letdowns out of the league this year, which makes the Cincinnati Bearcats battle with #21 Houston today even more important. The Bearcats need some top quadrant wins, and won’t find as many on their schedule as they’d like. Senior Jarron Cumberland will need to have a big day for the home team.

One of the biggest movers today has been #16 Butler, who opened as 8.5 point favorites over Providence today in their Big East tilt, but the 17-4 Bulldogs are getting less respect from the wagering community, as it’s down to 6.5 before tip-off.

Below are the lines at DraftKings as of 10:30 a.m. for NCAA Division I college basketball games on February 1st.

NCAA Basketball Feb 1

Road Home Spread Time
Road Home Spread Time
Creighton Villanova 6 12:00
Indiana Ohio State 7 12:00
Ole Miss LSU 10 12:00
Georgia Tech Notre Dame 6 12:00
Western Kentucky Florida Intl -2.5 12:00
Bryant St. Francis (PA) 4 12:00
Hartford Maine -2.5 12:00
Michigan State Wisconsin -5 1:00
UConn Memphis 5 1:00
Texas A&M Georgia 6.5 1:00
Ohio Ball State 8 1:00
Central Connecticut State Robert Morris 15 1:00
UMKC Chicago State -15 1:05
Louisville NC State -3 2:00
Kansas State West Virginia 12.5 2:00
Providence Butler 7.5 2:00
Iowa State Texas 2.5 2:00
DePaul Marquette 7 2:00
Tennessee Mississippi State 5 2:00
Northern Iowa Evansville -10.5 2:00
Toledo Eastern Michigan -3.5 2:00
Troy Georgia State 12.5 2:00
American Lafayette 4 2:00
Drexel Delaware 4.5 2:00
North Carolina Asheville Winthrop 13 2:00
Charleston Towson 2 2:00
Western Carolina Chattanooga 3 2:00
Coppin State Delaware State -6 2:00
Boston University Bucknell -0.5 2:00
Central Michigan Western Michigan -1.5 2:00
Colgate Holy Cross -12.5 2:05
Oklahoma State Oklahoma 5 3:00
North Texas Rice -8 3:00
Appalachian State Arkansas Little Rock 7 3:00
Louisiana-Monroe Texas Arlington 13 3:00
Illinois Chicago Cleveland State -2 3:00
Charlotte Southern Mississippi -3.5 3:00
Tennessee-Martin Morehead State 4 3:00
Missouri South Carolina 5.5 3:30
Lamar McNeese State 4.5 3:30
TCU Baylor 11.5 4:00
Texas Tech Kansas 9 4:00
Gonzaga San Francisco -11 4:00
Florida State Virginia Tech -2.5 4:00
Oregon State California -4 4:00
UCF South Florida 1.5 4:00
Hofstra William & Mary 2 4:00
Indiana State Missouri State 1 4:00
UNLV Colorado State 6 4:00
South Alabama Georgia Southern 4 4:00
Morgan State Howard -5 4:00
George Mason St. Bonaventure 7 4:00
UNC Greensboro East Tennessee State 3 4:00
Norfolk State North Carolina A&T 1.5 4:00
Marshall Florida Atlantic 2 4:00
Northeastern Elon -8 4:00
Middle Tennessee UTSA 7.5 4:00
Miami Ohio Northern Illinois 3.5 4:00
South Carolina State North Carolina Central 6 4:00
Bethune-Cookman Florida A&M 1.5 4:00
LIU Sharks Merrimack Warriors 3 4:00
UNC Wilmington James Madison 4.5 4:00
Charleston Southern Radford 10 4:00
Cal Baptist Seattle 1.5 4:00
Southeast Missouri State Eastern Kentucky 5 4:00
Sacred Heart St. Francis (NY) -2.5 4:00
Idaho Northern Arizona 10 4:00
Presbyterian Hampton 6 4:00
Central Arkansas Northwestern State 2 4:00
Fordham Dayton 23.5 4:30
Eastern Illinois Austin Peay 9 4:30
Citadel Mercer 11.5 4:30
Campbell USC Upstate 1 4:30
Longwood Gardner-Webb 7 4:30
New Mexico Fresno State 10 5:00
Old Dominion Louisiana Tech 10 5:00
Wyoming San José State 4.5 5:00
Belmont Jacksonville State -8.5 5:00
Coastal Carolina Arkansas State 1.5 5:00
Navy Loyola MD -1.5 5:00
Kennesaw State North Florida 19.5 5:00
Stetson Lipscomb 5.5 5:00
Jackson State Mississippi Valley State -8 5:00
New Orleans Southeastern Louisiana 2.5 5:00
LA-Lafayette Texas State 10 5:30
New Hampshire UMass Lowell 3.5 5:30
Kentucky Auburn 3 6:00
Houston Cincinnati 3.5 6:00
Oregon Stanford -1.5 6:00
Wichita State Tulsa -2 6:00
East Carolina Temple 10.5 6:00
Pepperdine Loyola Marymount -2 6:00
George Washington Richmond 11 6:00
IUPUI Youngstown State 8.5 6:00
Southern Illinois Drake 5 6:00
Prairie View A&M Alabama State -7 6:00
North Alabama Jacksonville 4 6:00
Saint Louis St. Joseph's -7.5 6:30
Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State -1 6:30
Alcorn State Southern University 2.5 6:30
Penn State Nebraska -7.5 7:00
Florida Gulf Coast Liberty 16.5 7:00
North Dakota State Fort Wayne -4 7:00
Samford Wofford 11.5 7:00
Vermont Albany -8.5 7:00
Texas Southern Alabama A&M -5.5 7:00
UC Santa Barbara Long Beach State -4.5 7:00
Army Lehigh 1 7:00
UMBC Stony Brook 13 7:00
Duke Syracuse -6.5 8:00
Clemson Wake Forest -2.5 8:00
Arizona Washington State -9 8:00
SIU Edwardsville Murray State 17.5 8:00
Tulane SMU 12.5 8:00
UMass Davidson 11 8:00
Bradley Loyola Chicago 5 8:00
South Dakota State Western Illinois -9.5 8:00
Denver Oral Roberts 15 8:00
Illinois State Valparaiso 7 8:00
Cal Poly UC Davis 8.5 8:00
Grambling St Arkansas-Pine Bluff -5 8:00
Cal State Bakersfield UT-Rio Grande Valley 1 8:00
Texas A&M-CC Houston Baptist -4 8:00
Incarnate Word Abilene Christian 17 8:00
Florida Vanderbilt -11.5 8:30
Tennessee State Tennessee Tech -4 8:30
Purdue Northwestern -5.5 9:00
UAB UTEP 5 9:00
Grand Canyon New Mexico State 10.5 9:00
Idaho State Southern Utah 12.5 9:00
Weber State Northern Colorado 10 9:00
Montana State Montana 7 9:00
Utah State San Diego State 7 10:00
Saint Mary's BYU 6.5 10:00
Santa Clara Portland -6 10:00
Nevada Boise State 4.5 10:00
San Diego Pacific 9 10:00
CSU Fullerton UC Irvine 12 10:00
Eastern Washington Sacramento State 1.5 10:05
Colorado USC -1 10:30
Arizona State Washington 5 10:30
CSU Northridge Hawaii 6 1:00