Kentucky vs. Albany - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Albany Great Danes (0-0) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Albany Great Danes and Kentucky Wildcats open their season Friday night at the Rupp Arena.
The Albany Great Danes look for a fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid under coach Will Brown. Peter Hooley will lead Albany after averaging 13.7 points and 2.3 assists while Evan Singletary averaged 13 points and 3.6 rebounds. Ray Sanders grabbed 4.6 rebounds and Dallas Ennema shot 32.6 percent from deep. The Albany Great Danes lost their best overall player in Sam Rowley, but they do return a ton of depth and experience. Albany is a great defensive team that allowed just 60.5 points and shot a solid 35.8 percent from deep last season. The Albany Great Danes should once again be considered the team to beat in the America East. Albany has won nine straight road games.
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The Kentucky Wildcats enter this season once again as national champion contenders. Tyler Ulis leads Kentucky after averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 assists while Alex Poythress averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. Marcus Lee grabbed 2.7 rebounds and Derek Willis shot 33.3 percent from deep. The Kentucky Wildcats lost a ton of talent from last yet but as usual bring in a loaded recruiting class ready to get to work. The freshman trio for Kentucky to watch closely this season includes Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere. The Kentucky Wildcats have not lost a game at the Rupp Arena since February of 2014 against Arkansas. Derek Willis is questionable with a finger injury.
The Great Danes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Kentucky is always a team that I like to fade early in the season, as the Wildcats are mainly freshman and take a while to reach their full potential. Also, Albany is a deep and experinced team that isn't used to losing on the road. While the Great Danes road winning streak will probably come to an end, I think Albany can keep it under the number.