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West Virginia vs. Kentucky - 3/26/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

West Virginia Mountaineers (25-9) at Kentucky Wildcats (36-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Kentucky Wildcats meet Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.

The West Virginia Mountaineers have split their last six games and are coming off a win over Maryland. On the season, WVU is averaging 73.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 66.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Juwan Staten is averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 assists while Devin Williams is averaging 11.6 points and 8.2 rebounds. Jevon Carter is dishing 1.8 assists and Jonathan Holton is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The West Virginia Mountaineers have six players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 66.4 percent from the line and 32 percent from deep. Defensively, WVU is allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five of its last 10 games.

West Virginia vs. Kentucky - 3/26/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats remain unbeaten and are coming off a win over Cincinnati. On the season, UK is averaging 74.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting and is allowing 53.9 points on 35.1 percent shooting. Aaron Harrison is averaging 11.1 points and 1.5 assists while Devin Booker is averaging 10.1 points and two rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns is the third double-digit scorer and Willie Cauley-Stein is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats have six players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 72.2 percent from the line and 34.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Kentucky is allowing 27 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in nine straight games.

The Mountaineers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Wildcats are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 11-3-2 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games. 

Seems like more and more people on jumping on the WVU bandwagon, but I had WVU beating Kentucky from the second the bracket was announced. WVU is a defensive pressure machine that is sure to give Kentucky problems and prevent them from setting up their offense to dunk and get easy layups. There's a reason Bob Huggins is 8-2 against Calipari, which includes a win in 2010 when UK had Cousins, John Wall and Bledsoe. Take the points in what should be an easy cover, but I also suggest putting something on the ML as well. 

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West Virginia Mountaineers +13.5

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