Kentucky Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/30/14
Kentucky Wildcats (27-10) at Michigan Wolverines (28-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines +2.5 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines play in the Elite Eight on Sunday.
Kentucky defeated Louisville 74-69 in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. On the season, freshman Julius Randle is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game to go along with his team-high 10.6 rebounds per contest. Andrew Harrison is averaging 11 points per game and a team-high 3.8 assists per contest. Willie Cauley-Stein is chipping in with 7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Kentucky averages 76.4 points per game while shooting 45.4% from the field as a team this season. The Wildcats are a great rebounding team, averaging 41.3 boards per game, which ranks 5th in the country this year. Defensively, the Wildcats allow 66.4 points per game on average and are ranked 9th in the country in blocks per game, averaging 6.2. Kentucky won three straight games for the first time since mid-February, and they have won five out of their last six games overall.
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The Michigan Wolverines beat Tennessee in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. On the season, Nik Stauskas leads Michigan in scoring, averaging 16 points per game to go along with a team-high 4.5 assists per contest. Caris LeVert is averaging a second-best 13.1 points per game, while Jordan Morgan is averaging a team-high 5 rebounds per game. Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Walton Jr. have played great down the stretch for the Wolverines. Michigan is averaging 75 points per game while shooting 48.1% from the field as a team this season. The Wolverines are not a great rebounding team, averaging only 31.9 boards per game; however, when you shoot extremely well from the field you have limited rebounding opportunities on the offensive end of the floor. Michigan is a solid defensive team, holding their opponents to 64.6 points per game on average this season. The Wolverines come into this game winners of ten of their last eleven games overall. Michigan’s latest loss came against Michigan State by 14-points in the Big Ten Championship game two weeks ago.
Kentucky starts five freshman and they have improved dramatically over the course of the season. Michigan has more experience but they have had an easier road to the Elite Eight. I think this game is coin flip and the line is right where it should be. I believe this will be a high scoring game with Kentucky attacking the basket and Michigan knocking down three’s all day long. I would lean towards Michigan to cover, but my stronger play is over 140.