Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/5/14
Wisconsin Badgers (30-7) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (28-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +2 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers play in the Final Four on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.
The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 75-72 last Sunday to advance to the Final Four on Saturday. On the season, freshman Julius Randle is averaging a team-high 15.0 points per game to go along with his team-high 10.5 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, but sat out the game against Michigan with a sprained ankle and is questionable for the Final Four. 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 66.6 points per game on average and are ranked 9th in the country in blocks per game, averaging 6.2. Kentucky has won four straight games for the first time since mid-February, and they have won six out of their last seven games overall.
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The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Arizona Wildcats 64-63 in overtime on Saturday night to advance to the Final Four this weekend. On the season, all five of the Badgers' starter’s average between 9.2 and 13.6 points and all five have made at least 30 3-pointers this season. Ben Brust is their top long-range threat with 89 3-pointers, giving him a school-record 228 for his career, and Josh Gasser is their best percentage shooter, nailing 45.6 percent of his 103 long-range attempts. Junior point guard Traevon Jackson has averaged 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in the tournament. Frank Kaminsky scored a team-high 19 points against Oregon in the 3rd round and a team-high 28 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona. Wisconsin was not a great rebounding team coming into the tournament, but they out-rebounded Baylor and were one rebound short of Arizona is the last two games, thanks to all three guards hitting the glass. The Badgers have won thirteen of fifteen overall, with the two losses coming against Nebraska on the road and Michigan State in the conference tournament three weeks ago.
Kentucky has been playing on another level since the tournament started and they look like a totally different team then what we saw earlier in the season. Wisconsin has more experience and they will have a solid game plan to compete with the Wildcats on Saturday. I think this game will be decided in the final few possessions and I honestly can’t make up my mind on who will come away with the win. I’m going to take the points with Wisconsin. Check back on game day, I may change this pick by then after I dig deeper into the matchups.