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Cincinnati vs. Kentucky - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bearcats (23-11) at Kentucky Wildcats (35-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -16.5 -- Over/Under: 119 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Cincinnati Bearcats and Kentucky Wildcats play Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have won six of their last seven and are coming off a win over Purdue. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 62.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 55.6 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Octavius Ellis is averaging 9.9 points and 7.1 rebounds while Troy Caupain is averaging 9.5 points and 3.5 assists. Farad Cobb is dishing 1.5 assists and Gary Clark is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats have four players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 67 percent from the line and 33.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Cincy is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in nine straight games.

Cincinnati vs. Kentucky - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated and are coming off a win over Hampton. On the season, Kentucky is averaging 75 points on 46.8 percent shooting and is allowing 54 points on 35.2 percent shooting. Aaron Harrison is averaging 11.1 points and 1.5 assists while Devin Booker is averaging 10.2 points and 1.9 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Andrew Harrison is dishing 3.7 assists. The Kentucky Wildcats have five players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 72.2 percent from the line and 34.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Kentucky is allowing 27.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in eight straight games.

The Bearcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 12-3-3 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 NCAA Tournament games. 

I like this matchup, and I really like Cincnnati hanging around. The Bearcats are a grind it out team that plays tough and nasty. I look for Cincy to not backdown here and make it quite interesting. Not saying the Bearcats win, but they will make a game of it. 

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