The Kentucky Wildcats look to avenge an earlier loss to the Indiana Hoosiers this season when they tip off in South Regional Sweet 16 betting action.
Kentucky is 9-3 ATS against Indiana over the years (they play each December) and were 9-point favorites over at TopBet this week.
The Hoosiers have won three straight as an underdog but they are just 4-13 ATS in 17 games as dog of 9 or more points. And they have never won SU in 19 games as a dog of 9 or more points.
For their part, KU has not been safe with your money as big chalk (Kentucky just 2-6 ATS past 8 as fave of 9 or more points).
The Wildcats currently sports a 34-2 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 14-21 ATS. The Hoosiers are 27-8 and 18-10-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 14-18-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Hoosiers have gone 14-14-1 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 40-rated Indiana taking on the No. 2-rated Wildcats in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 87-81 win for the Wildcats on Friday.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kentucky's No. 15-rated squad against Indiana's No. 169-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kentucky rates No. 212 in the country with 5.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 146 nationally with 6.4 per match.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Indiana owns the country's No. 206-rated mark, allowing 71.1 points per game on the highway. Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 31 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Indiana, they were a 63-61 winner as they battled Virginia Commonwealth at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. The Hoosiers got 16 points from Christian Watford as Indiana ran past Virginia Commonwealth 63-61 on Saturday at Rose Garden.
In their last action, Kentucky was an 87-71 winner at home against Iowa State. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites. Marquis Teague scored 24 points leading the Wildcats to an 87-71 victory over Iowa State at KFC Yum! Center on Saturday.