Hampton vs. Kentucky - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hampton Pirates (17-17) at Kentucky Wildcats (34-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Kentucky -29 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Hampton Pirates and Kentucky Wildcats play Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hampton Pirates have won five straight and are coming off a win over Manhattan on Tuesday. On the season, Hampton is averaging 67.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Dwight Meikle is averaging 13 points and 7.5 rebounds while Reggie Johnson is averaging 11.9 points and 1.6 assists. Deron Powers is dishing 3.7 assists and Quinton Chievous is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Hampton Pirates have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 65.2 percent from the line and 30.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Hampton is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last eight games.
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The Kentucky Wildcats have yet to lose this season and are the top overall seed. On the season, Kentucky is averaging 74.9 points on 46.9 percent shooting and is allowing 54 points on 35.4 percent shooting. Aaron Harrison is averaging 11.3 points and 2.4 rebounds while Devin Booker is averaging 10.5 points and 1.2 assists. Karl-Anthony Towns is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Andrew Harrison is dishing 3.7 assists. The Kentucky Wildcats have five players averaging at least 9.2 points, and they’re shooting 72.2 percent from the line and 35 percent from deep. Defensively, Kentucky is allowing 27.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in seven straight games.
The Pirates are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Wildcats are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
I thought this line was going to be a lot higher.. Hampton can't hang with Kentucky. Can you saw blowout?