Kentucky vs. Cincinnati - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament College Basketball 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 -18.5 -- Over/Under: 119 See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bearcats face off on Saturday in Louisville in a second round matchup in the NCAA Tournament.
The Kentucky Wildcats ran their record to 35-0 this season with an easy win over play-in game winner Hampton. Kentucky is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 46.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 54 points while their opponents shoot 35.3 percent. Aaron Harrison leads the Wildcats averaging 11.1 points per game. Devin Booker is averaging 10.2 points, Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 10 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Andrew Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein are averaging 9.3 points each. Kentucky is looking to become the first 40-win team in history.
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The Cincinnati Bearcats are 23-10 this season and they are coming off of an overtime win over Purdue in their NCAA Tournament opener. Cincinnati is averaging 62.5 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 55.6 points and their opponents are shooting 38.9 percent. Octavius Ellis leads the Bearcats averaging 9.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Troy Caupain is averaging 9.5 points, Farad Cobb is averaging 8.7 points, and Gary Clark is averaging 8.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. Cincinnati is 2-1 against teams ranked in the top 25 and 2-2 in neutral site games.
Kentucky is 7-2-2 against the spread following a win, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 12-3-3 against the spread in their last 18 neutral site games. Cincinnati is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.
The total is set at 118.5 and I see a defensive war so my free pick is on the under. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.