Wichita State Shockers vs. Kentucky Wildcats - 3/23/14 Midwest Region
Kentucky Wildcats (25-10) at Wichita State Shockers (35-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm (Scottrade Center)
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The Kentucky Wildcats and Wichita State Shockers will play Sunday in what is a highly anticipated NCAA tournament matchup.
Kentucky took care of the Kansas State Wildcats in the first round by winning 56-49. Kentucky held Kansas State to just 5-21 from downtown and won the rebounding margin 40-28. On the season, Kentucky averages 75.3 points on 45 percent shooting and allows 66.1 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Kentucky’s key strength is the 41.3 rebounds it averages a game. The Wildcats are led by freshman Julius Randle, who averages 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds. As a team, Kentucky shoots 67.9 percent from the free throw line and 32.5 percent from three. The Kentucky Wildcats are 16-15-2 ATS overall.
Wichita State won its first tournament game fairly easily with a 64-37 win over Cal Poly. The Shockers held the Mustangs to 20.7 percent shooting in the victory. On the season, Wichita State averages 74.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allows 59.2 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Wichita State is the lot more experienced team and is led by senior Cleanthony Early, who averages 16 points and 5.9 rebounds. The Shockers shoot 72.6 percent from the free throw line and 34.7 percent from three. The Wichita State Shockers have been a bettors dream all season with a 25-6-1 ATS overall.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. The Shockers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 neutral site games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games.
I have to take the points and the Wildcats, as I think Kentucky wins this game SU. The Shockers have not faced a team with this much talent all season long, and it looks like Kentucky is starting to finally grow up before our very eyes.
This game will be a battle for 40 minutes, but I believe it’s the end of the road for Wichita State.
Give me the points.