Kentucky Wildcats vs. Boston University Terriers - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston University Terriers (1-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (3-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -30.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network, Fox Sports, ESPN Full-Court (RSN Affiliates)
The Boston University Terriers will take on the Kentucky Wildcats this Friday night at Rupp Area.
Boston University will have their hands full as the attempt to take down the number one team in the country to gain their second win of the season. The Terriers used a big second half on way to a 71-63 victory again Norfolk State this past Wednesday. Boston University shot an impressive 50% from the field and were led by shooting-guard John Papale who had 17 pts, 4 reb and 3 assist. The Terriers, had great success in their first year in the Patriot league last year, as although they lost in the conference final against American, they were able to notch 15 conference wins while taking home the regular season conference final. Coach Joe Jones has had solid success at Boston University throughout his first fours year at the program, however, this year will probably be his toughest year yet as the Terriers lost the majority of their major contributors from last year’s program including their floor-general and All-Patriot League point-guard Maurice Watson who transfer to Creighton. Along with Papale, Coach Jones will need strong contributions from Cedric Hankerson and Blaise Mbargorba for the Terriers to once again be one of the top teams in the Patriot league.
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The Kentucky Wildcats come into this match-up off a dominating 72-40 win over 5th ranked Kansas this past Tuesday night demonstrating why they are the top-ranked team in the country. The Wildcats used a well-balanced attack on offensive, but really won this game with a suffocating man-to-man defensive that led Kansas to make only 11 shots while shooting just 19.6% from the field. Some people were questioning how good this Kentucky team could be after they seemed to sleepwalk through the first half of their previous game against Buffalo, in which they were losing at half-time 38-33, however, after holding Buffalo to just 14 points in the second half, and limiting Kansas to its lowest scoring output under Bill Self, Kentucky has displayed how their length and depth will make them one of the best defensive teams in the country. On the offensive side of the ball, John Calipari’s platoon system has led to a pretty even distribution of minutes and the offensive stats display this as Kentucky currently have 8 members who are averaging between 6 and 10 points. Kentucky’s leaders include big-man Willie Cauley-Stein (8.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg), and the Harrison twins, Andrew Harrison (9.7 ppg, 2.7 apg) and Aaron Harrison (7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg). As we’ve gotten used to with John Calipari, the Wildcats have brought some of the best incoming freshman for this year’s squad which include Trey Lyles (10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Tyler Ulis (7.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg). With Kentucky’s height, length, and ability to run the ball, it won’t be shocking to see teams try to force Kentucky to beat them from the outside as so far in this season they are only shooting 15-52 (28.8%) from 3-point range.
The Terriers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wildcats are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win while 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
After its performance against Kansas, Kentucky has shown that they are the team to beat this year in college basketball. Although it’s tough to go against a team that looked that good earlier in the week, I think that Kentucky and John Calipari will have a tough time getting same energy out of his Wildcats against Boston University. I think that line is a bit larger than it should, and I’m going to go with the Terriers with the points.