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Cornell vs Kentucky Odds Preview

It looks likes all the experts who said the No. 12 Cornell Big Red were under-seeded were right. The Big Red are the lowest seed left standing as they prepare for their Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1 Kentucky.

Not only did the Cornell Big Red deliver a pair of upsets in the first week of the tournament, but they annihilated the teams to which the odds suggested they were supposed to lose. In the opening round Cornell faced No. 5 Temple as a 3-point odds underdog at Bovada.

The Big Red took a lead early and never relinquished it in a 78-65 rout of the Owls. Louis Dale led the way with 21 points and seven assists, while Ryan Wittmann poured in 20 points.

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In the second round the Big Red were a 4-point odds underdog versus No. 5 Wisconsin. Cornell beat up on the Badgers in an 87-69 victory. Dale had another big game for the Big Red with 26 points and Wittmann also delivered again with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Overall the Cornell Big Red shot the lights out against Wisconsin, hitting 61% from the floor, 51% from three-point range, and 81% from the free-throw line.

Kentucky has also coasted through the first two rounds of the tournament, but that was to be expected. In their tourney opener the Wildcats destroyed No. 16 seed East Tennessee State 100-71 as an 18.5-point odds favorite at Bovada.

The No. 9 seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons didn’t put up much more of a fight in the second round, either. Kentucky quickly ended Wake Forest’s tournament with a 90-60 win as a 9.5-point favorite. Darius Miller dropped 20 points and nine rebounds on Wake Forest, while DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and eight rebounds. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Wildcats are an 8.5-point favorite on the latest Sweet 16 odds at Bovada.

Kentucky is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005. They also went to the Elite Eight that season before being stopped by Michigan State. It’s always national championship or bust for the Wildcats, and a perfect run through the tournament would earn them their first title since 1998.

Cornell had not had any luck in the NCAA Tournament before this year. In four previous appearances in the tournament the Big Red had gone 0-5 and never made it out of the first round.