Kentucky Wildcats vs. Connecticut Huskies Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/7/14
Kentucky Wildcats (29-10) at Connecticut Huskies (31-8)
College Basketball: Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies +2.5 -- Over/Under: 134 See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Connecticut Huskies play in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game on Monday night.
Kentucky defeated Wisconsin 74-73 in the Final Four on Saturday night. 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 five straight games for the first time since February, and they have won seven out of their last eight games overall.
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Connecticut beat Florida 63-53 in the Final Four on Saturday night. On the season, Shabazz Napier leads the Huskies in almost every statistical category, averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game, which are all team-highs. DeAndre Daniels is averaging a second-best 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Ryan Boatright is averaging 11.9 points per game along with 3.5 assists and rebounds per game. UConn is averaging 71.9 points per game while shooting 44.8% from the field this season. The Huskies are a decent rebounding team, averaging 35.4 boards per game. Defensively, UConn ranks 38th in points allowed this season, allowing 63.7 points per game on average this season. The Huskies are a tough team to go against near the basket, averaging 6.2 blocks per game as a team, which ranks 8th in the country. UConn has won ten of their last twelve games, losing only to Louisville twice in the last month or so.
We’re down to the final two teams, and few thought that is would be Kentucky and Connecticut in the finals. UConn has knocked off Saint Joseph’s, Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State, and now Florida to get to the finals. Meanwhile, Kentucky has defeated Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan, and now Wisconsin to earn a spot in the championship game. If Connecticut were more consistent on the offensive end of the floor, I would give them a better chance of winning this game. The Huskies defense will keep them in the game for a certain amount of time, but the Wildcats relentless and constant attacking to the rim will wear on UConn eventually. Kentucky will also win the battle on the glass and even when they are forced to shoot from the outside they will have second chance at the rim. UConn will have to put some points on the board to stay in this one, and I just don’t think they will have enough. I’m taking Kentucky to win and cover, I’m also taking the over at 134, as I think the final score will be something like 75-65 or 74-67. Good luck everyone and it’s been a great year, thanks for the support.