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Houston vs. Kentucky - 3/29/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston vs. Kentucky
Date & Time Friday March 29, 2019, 9:59 PM (EDT)
Location
Sprint Center
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line
The Line: Kentucky -3 -- Over/Under: 134.5
TV Channel
TBS
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The Houston Cougars and Kentucky Wildcats meet Friday in the Sweet 16 of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the Sprint Center.

The Houston Cougars look to make their sixth Elite Eight in school history and their first since 1984. The Houston Cougars are averaging 75.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 61 points on 36.6 percent shooting. Corey Davis Jr. is averaging 17.1 points and 2.8 assists while Armoni Brooks is averaging 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. Galen Robinson Jr. is dishing 4.9 assists and Dejon Jarreau is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Houston Cougars are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Cougars are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The Houston Cougars have won 12 of their last 13 non-home games.

The Kentucky Wildcats look to make their seventh Elite Eight appearance since 2000. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 76.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 40 percent shooting. PJ Washington is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while Tyler Herro is averaging 14.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. Keldon Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Reid Travis is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won 10 of their last 12 non-home games.

The Cougars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games and 35-16-2 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Wildcats are 34-16-4 ATS in their last 54 neutral site games, 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The under is 16-5 in Wildcats last 21 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Cougars last 5 overall.

The buzz going around is that PJ Washington will play in this game, and he tweeted Wednesday a video of him out of his cast. That's good enough for me. Both Houston and Kentucky enter this game playing incredible defense and they're both winning their last five games by an average of double digits. The difference for me is that Kentucky has more shotmakers and will be able to space the floor more against this Houston defense that is first in allowed field goal percentage. This game could truly go either way and points will be hard to come by, but the return of Washington is huge and I have more faith in Kentucky's athletes to come away with key buckets late.

Pick:
Kentucky -3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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