Kentucky vs. Indiana - 3/19/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Hoosiers (26-7) at Kentucky Wildcats (27-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -3 -- Over/Under: 156 See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Indiana Hoosiers face off on Saturday in a college basketball match up in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 27-8 this season and they arrive in this game after pounding Stonybrook 85-57 in their opening round game. Kentucky is averaging 79.8 points per game and they are shooting 48 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 39.5 percent. Jamal Murray leads the Wildcats averaging 20.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Tyler Ulis is averaging 17 points and 7.1 assists, Alex Poythress is averaging 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Isaiah Briscoe is averaging 9.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. Kentucky is 6-1 in neutral iste games and 11-3 in games outside of the SEC.
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The Indiana Hoosiers are 26-7 this season and they crushed Chattanooga 99-74 to earn their spot in this game. Indiana is averaging 82.8 points per game and they are shooting 50.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.1 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent. Yogi Ferrell leads the Hoosiers averaging 17.1 points and 5.7 assists per game. James Blackmon Jr. is averaging 15.8 points, Troy Williams is averaging 13 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Thomas Bryant is averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. Indiana is 3-3 in neutral site games and 11-3 in games outside of the Big Ten.
Kentucky is 6-0 against the spread in their last six games, 4-0 against the spread in their last four neutral site games, and 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight NCAA Tournament games. Indiana is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 1-7 against the spread against the SEC, and 12-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered the point spread in 12 of the last 14 meetings of these two teams.
The total in this one is set at 156 and both of these teams can put up points in bunches and in a hurry when they get rolling and I expect this one to soar over the total and that is my free pick.