Kentucky vs. Providence - 11/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Providence Friars (6-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (6-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Providence Friars and Kentucky Wildcats play Sunday afternoon at the Rupp Arena.
The Providence Friars are unbeaten and looking like one of the top teams in the Big East. On the season, Providence is averaging 74.2 points on 49.4 percent shooting and is allowing 58.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting. LaDontae Henton leads Providence with 24.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while Tyler Harris is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Kris Dunn is averaging 7.4 assists and Carson Desrosiers is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. Dunn is questionable with an ankle injury. The Providence Friars are one of the more balanced teams in the league early on, especially on defense where they’re holding teams to just 26.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Providence is averaging 35.2 rebounds per game, numbers that will have to be better to have a shot here.
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The Kentucky Wildcats remain unbeaten and widely considered the best team in the country. On the season, Kentucky is averaging 82.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting and are allowing 45.7 points on 27.9 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 11.2 points on 52.3 percent shooting and Aaron Harrison is scoring 11.2 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Dakari Johnson is grabbing eight rebounds per game and Karl-Anthony Towns is producing 3.5 blocks. The Kentucky Wildcats can be a little sloppy offensively, as they’re shooting less than 33 percent from deep and averaging 12 turnovers per game. However, Kentucky is insane defensively, averaging 10 blocks and allowing the fewest points in the country. This is another test for the young Wildcats.
The Friars are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 vs. Southeastern and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wildcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
This line is just showing no respect to Providence for whatever reason. The Friars are an experienced team that has the one player who can takeover a game in Henton. This game will be a lot closer than expected.