Kentucky Wildcats vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/27/13
Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (5-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Game Plan
The Kentucky Wildcats take the floor with the unbeaten Eastern Michigan Eagles in the Keightley Classic.
Eastern Michigan hasn't been given much of a thought in the MAC but may be their 5-0 start will open some eyes. The competition hasn't been fierce but winning and Eastern Michigan basketball haven't been real close friends. The Eagles stayed perfect with a 74-69 victory over Texas-Arlington as they took a seven point lead with them in to the break and held serve the rest of the way. UTA shot a solid 47.7% compared to the Eagles 41.5% but what the Eagles lacked in accuracy was made up with a few more foul shots and nine more looks at the basket courtesy of 15 Mavericks giveaways. Ray Lee kept EMU perfect behind a game high 38 points with Darell Combs adding 18 and Karrington Ward eleven.
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Another season and some more young faces and Kentucky is ranked in the top five and ready to compete for the National Championship. The 5-1 Wildcats only loss was to Michigan State with four wins coming by double figures followed by an unexpected cloes bout with Cleveland State that was 'just' a 68-61 decision. You can't win every game by 20 points and the Vikings showed why in a virtually even boxscore except for free throws where UK held a 27-14 advantage which was the game with both teams hitting at 36% from the floor. Julius Randle was the star of the game with a 15 point, 15 rebound performance with Andrew Harrison adding 12 points and five helpers while Willie Cauley-Stein and and Aaron Harrison each tossed in eleven points.
I am going with Kentucky because they have the athletes and this is vitually a home game. The flip side is I don't think they are good as they could be because they only have players for a year before leaving for the NBA so big spreads are always a danger for a team that hasn't played together...