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(33-3) #3 Houston Cougars vs. Kentucky Wildcats #2 (29-6)
March Madness: Midwest Regional – Sweet 16
Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
Time: 9:59 PM ET
Venue: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: UK -1
CBB Betting Total: 135.5
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Houston has been great all season and has shown nothing in the Tournament to indicate they can’t keep going. They are fun to watch with their max effort.
Kentucky is still dealing with a key injury. They have a high ceiling but high variability too.
Houston has advanced without having been pushed too hard by Georgia State or Ohio State. The games have gone essentially to form.
That means stingy defensive efforts for the team with the 7th best defense – 61ppg. Neither of their NCAA opponents has even cracked 60. .
You have to like that star guard Corey Davis Jr. is performing at a high level with 26 and 21 points in the wins. He is perfect from the line too. He is playing with supreme confidence.
They did not get as much production up front against OSU as they did in round one. That would be the only thing that would give me pause in giving them a real shot here.
As expected Kentucky had no problem with Abilene Christian but lots of them with Wofford. They only won by six to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. This team has talent but does not always dominate.
They got the win without PJ Washington, their leading scorer and as this is being written it is unclear as to whether he will be healthy enough for this one.
No Washington inside opens up more touches for veteran Reid Travis and he was good against Wofford, 14 points and 11 rebounds. He is no fluke and can keep that up.
Kentucky has lots of talent but they also have to work. This team is at its best when it is defending on a high level and not relying on too much one on one on offense. .
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-1-1 in HOU last 8 neutral site games.
- Under is 9-4 in HOU last 13 non-conference games.
- Over is 9-4 in HOU last 13 Fri. games.
- Under is 9-2 in UK last 11 NCAA Tournament games.
- Under is 16-5 in UK last 21 overall.
- Under is 20-8 in UK last 28 games as a favorite.
Free Houston Cougars vs. Kentucky Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
No line yet as I think the oddsmakers want to give some time to figure out the Washington injury situation.
Look for the Wildcats to be favoured either way but it will make a point or two difference.
4* Free Sweet 16 Betting Pick: UK -1
Kentucky has strong guards but despite their recruiting ranking I am not sure they are enough. This one will be really close.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Kentucky 72 – Houston 70
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