Wisconsin Badgers vs. Kentucky Wildcats - 4/5/14 Final Four
Kentucky Wildcats (28-10) at Wisconsin Badgers (30-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +2 -- Over/Under: 149.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers will play Saturday night for a spot to go to the NCAA Championship Game.
Kentucky is a young team that has grown up during the tournament, knocking off Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan. On the season, the Kentucky Wildcats average 75.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allow 66.6 points on 41 percent shooting. Kentucky is a balanced team that relies on physical play in the paint to win games. Freshman Julius Randle leads the Wildcats with 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kentucky has found its offense recently, scoring at least 74 points in the last three tournament games, while the defense has held five of its last seven opponents under 70 points. The Kentucky Wildcats are 19-15-2 ATS overall.
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Wisconsin has reached the Final Four by defeating American University, Oregon, Baylor and Arizona. On the season, the Wisconsin Badgers average 73.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allow 63.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Unlike Kentucky, Wisconsin isn’t a physical team at all, but the Badgers do shoot a solid 74.1 percent from the free throw line and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Frank Kaminsky leads the Badgers with 14.1 points per game, and he also scored 28 points in the upset win over the Wildcats. The Wisconsin Badgers are 21-16 ATS overall.
The Wildcats are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big Ten. The Badgers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
Kentucky is starting to play like a team that can win the national championship, but the Wildcats have also played in some extremely tight games that could have gone either way. Wisconsin is used to playing in close games and has a lot more experience than a Kentucky team that's full of freshmen.
Wisconsin shoots the ball a lot better than Kentucky, while Kentucky is an extremely streaky shooting team. I see the shots falling once again for the Badgers, and them winning this game SU.
However, with the tournament being so crazy, I'll take the points.