Kentucky Wildcats vs. Boise State Broncos Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13
Boise State Broncos (8-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (7-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boise State Broncos travel to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats on Tuesday night.
Boise State improved to 8-0 on the year after beating Carroll Montana 80-52 last week. The Broncos shot 44.3% from the field and 34.6% from three-point range. Boise State never trailed and used a 12-0 run to take an 18-3 lead less than 6 minutes into the game. Senior G Thomas Bropleh and senior G Jeff Elorriaga each scored a team-high 18 points in the win. Senior F Ryan Watkins posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Watkins leads the team in rebounding this season, averaging over 10 rebounds per game. Boise State played without leading scorer junior F Anthony Drmic, who averages 20.4 points per game and sat out due to an undisclosed illness. Boise State’s perimeter shooting has helped them become the nation’s No. 2 offense this year, scoring nearly 92 points a game. The Broncos are shooting over 50% as a team this year. Defensively, Boise State has played well for the most part, however; they have given up 80 or more points in three games this season. This will be the toughest test of the year for the Broncos on the road; Boise State won their only true road game this season.
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The Kentucky Wildcats dropped to 7-2 on the year after losing to Baylor 67-62 on Friday night. The Wildcats blew a 9-point lead in the final 13 minutes. The Wildcats shot 42% from the field and an impressive 47% from behind the arc. Kentucky was outrebounded, 41-25, for the first time this season and they also struggled at the foul line, shooting 59%. Freshman F Julius Randle led the team with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Freshman G Aaron Harrison added 15 points and led the team with 6 assists. Randle leads the team in scoring with 17.9 points per game, while Harrison averages 13.9 per contest. Randle is pulling down over 12 rebounds per game so far this year. The Wildcats have some highly touted freshmen who have had trouble staying focused and playing hard from start to finish. Kentucky’s only other loss this year came against Michigan State on a neutral court. The Wildcats first road game is coming up this weekend against North Carolina; Kentucky is a perfect 6-0 at Rupp Arena this season.
Kentucky is the more talented team here and they should be highly motivated coming off the loss to Baylor last week. However, this is a sandwich spot for the Wildcats, coming off a loss and having North Carolina on deck this weekend. Boise State hasn’t played great teams this year, but they can play and shoot lights out on any given night. I think Kentucky wins this game, but not by double-digits.