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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Cleveland State Vikings Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/25/13

Cleveland State Vikings (2-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (2-1)

College Basketball: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The fourth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats meet the Cleveland State Vikings in the Keightley Classic Monday night.

The Wildcats have been rolling over opponents since losing a tight one to Michigan State earlier in the month, squashing Robert Morris 87-49 and Texas-Arlington 105-76 in their last two.  6-9 freshman F Julius Randle leads the team in scoring at 20.8 ppg and rebounds at 13.4 per outing, while freshman 6-6 G Andrew Harrison leads in assists at 3.6 and averages 11 point per game. This team is deep and built for the postseason with four different players averaging at least 11 points per contest. Kentucky currently ranks 21st in the nation in scoring at 89.6 points per game and 4th in rebounds per game with 49. Against Texas-Arlington, 6-6 freshman G James Young led the Wildcats with 26 points on 57 percent from the field and hit 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. As a team, Kentucky shot 50 percent from the field, 42 percent from distance and hit 27 of 39 from the foul line.

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Cleveland State Vikings Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/25/13

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Cleveland State comes in with a record of 3-2 and off an 87-74 win over Robert Morris on Saturday that saw six Vikings score in double-figures, led by 6-3 sophomore G Bryan Forbes. Forbes scored 18 points on 33 percent from the field, hit 2 of 5 from distance and made 8 of 9 free throw attempts. 5-8 junior G Charlie Lee had 17 points, 6-8 sophomore F Anton Grady had 13 points and 6 rebounds on 66 percent from the field, and 6-2 sophomore G Trey Lewis had 13 points and 4 assists and made 9 of 10 free throws. As a team, Cleveland State shot 51 percent from the field, 41 percent from beyond the arc and hit 34 of 44 from the stripe.

The line in this one currently set at -21 for Kentucky and the Vikings have the misfortune of drawing maybe the most talented team in the country and one that’s just getting warmed up. The Wildcats cover.

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