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Stony Brook vs. Kentucky - 3/17/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stony Brook Seawolves (26-6) at Kentucky Wildcats (26-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Stony Brook Seawolves and Kentucky Wildcats meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena.

The Stony Brook Seawolves is playing in its first ever NCAA tournament. The Stony Brook Seawolves are averaging 75.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Jameel Warney is averaging 19.8 points and 10.7 rebounds while Carson Puriefoy is averaging 15.1 points and 3.1 assists. Rayshaun McGrew is grabbing six rebounds and Ahmad Walker is dishing 4.2 assists. The Stony Brook Seawolves are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Seawolves are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Stony Brook Seawolves have not played a neutral site game this season.

Stony Brook vs. Kentucky - 3/17/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats are playing in their third straight NCAA tournament. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 79.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 40 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 20.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while Tyler Ulis is averaging 17.2 points and 7.2 assists. Alex Poythress is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Briscoe is dishing 3.3 assists. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats are 5-1 this season on neutral courts.

The Seawolves are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Stony Brook is no pushover, as Warney is capable of flat out taking over a game, and I'm not sure Kentucky has the bigs to keep him in check. However, Kentucky is playing its best ball right now and has the shooters to give the Seawolves trouble. Stony Brook isn't used to seeing this much talent, shooting and athletes. I like the Cats by double digits. 

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Kentucky Wildcats -13.5

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