Kentucky Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (5-5) at Kentucky Wildcats (9-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats look to avoid the upset bid of the Ohio State Buckeyes in Saturday action.
The Kentucky Wildcats have plenty of new faces on the roster but as usual they still do plenty of scoring and are stingy on the defensive end. Since losing to UCLA the Wildcats have won back to back contests after knocking off Arizona State 72-58 behind a 40-27 second half. The Sun Devils were held to just 37% from the floor while UK connected at 43.6% with ten more makes at the stripe being decisive. Jamal Murray gave the offense 17 points and five helpers with Marcus Lee adding 14 points, seven boards and five blocks. Tyler Ulis was next in line with 12 points, five yanks and six assists while Alex Poythress combined for 19 points and ten rebounds.
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This generally considered to be a rebuilding type year for the Ohio State Buckeyes as a 5-5 record is not something we usually see from a team that has been a national power for several years. OSU is hoping some recent success will continue with wins in three of four being the start of something good. The Buckeyes are coming off of a 67-54 win against Northern Illinois as a 13 point favorite. The Huskies couldn’t make shots at just 27% which made the Buckeyes 39% accuracy golden as it added up to five more baskets. Ohio State received 17 points and ten rebounds from Jae’Sean Tate with Keita Bates-Diop adding 14 points and ten boards. Trevor Thompson chipped in with ten points and eight pulls as OSU hit the glass hard and prevented second chances.
Kentucky are 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten and the under is 9-4 in their last 13 neutral site games while going 20-9 in their last 29 non-conference games. The over is 20-8 in Ohio State’s last 28 neutral site games. The Wildcats just load up with freshman that will be gone next year as usual and this group seems to have the talent to cover versus a Buckeyes squad that is not as powerful as in prior years…