South Region NCAA Basketball Vegas Odds & Free Sports Picks: Wichita State Shockers vs Kentucky Wildcats
Sunday, March 19, 2017
#10 Wichita State Shockers vs. #2 Kentucky Wildcats
Shockers: 31-4 (6-2 N)
Wildcats: 30-5 (8-0 N)
When: 2:40 PM ET, Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
The second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats will attempt to notch their thirteenth consecutive victory but will have to play better than they did on Friday as they get set to meet the tenth-seeded Wichita State Spartans in a South region second round showdown set to take place on Sunday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Wildcats failed miserably at satisfying their backers as they didn’t even come close at covering the 20-point spread in a 79-70 victory over Northern Kentucky on Friday. Although they were well on their way of doing so taking a 14-point lead at halftime, they couldn’t get anything going from beyond the arc shooting an abysmal 17.6 percent from downtown to let the Spartans get back in the game.
The Wildcats lost in the second round to Indiana last year but the eight-time National Champion have reached the Final Four in four of their last six years. Although fifth in the nation with 85.9 PPG, the Wildcats haven’t reached that plateau in their last eleven games but their defense has stepped up during that offensive spell giving up just 65.5 points which would be 35th in the nation.
The Shockers are eclipsing the Wildcats as they recorded their 16th straight win on Friday over the Dayton Flyers. The MVC Tourney Champion have certainly all the tools to pull off an upset as they rank in the Top-25 in the nation in all four major categories.
No wonder bookmakers have the Wildcats at just a 4 ½ -point favorite. The Spartans are no greenhorns when it comes to Tournament pressure as they have reached the Final Four in 2013 and made the Sweet Sixteen in 2015. The Wildcats’ offense however do wake up in time and reach the next round.
#10 Wichita State Shockers vs. #2 Kentucky Wildcats South Region NCAA Basketball Vegas Odds
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Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 79-70 winner as they battled Norse at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -20-point favorite.
Wichita State was a 64-58 winner in its last match on the road against Flyers. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favorites.
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#10 Wichita State Shockers vs. #2 Kentucky Wildcats South Region NCAA Basketball Vegas Odds & Trends
Current Streak: won 16 straight games.
Wichita State is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wichita State's last 5 games
Current Streak: won 12 straight games.
Kentucky is 6-13-1 ATS in its last 20 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kentucky's last 8 games
Free Sports Picks: Kentucky -4½ at BetOnline
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