Kentucky Lock To Beat Princeton In East
Sometimes you can make a case for a 13-seed upsetting a 4-seed but sometimes you can't.
This game falls in the latter category and is why the Wildcats are steep 13.5-point favorites over their Ivy League foes. Kentucky has an edge in all aspects of the game and come in off a tough SEC title game victory over Florida.
Working against the Tigers is the fact they are 0-20 SU the last 20 games as a double-digit dog. Kentucky meanwhile is 13-1 SU in its past 14 games in March and they seem set to cruise here, even if our computer suggests the game will be close.
The Tigers are listed as 14-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Wildcats and the No. 103-ranked Tigers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 81-75 result in favor of the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kentucky's No. 27 nationally ranked offense (76.4 points per game) against a Tigers defense that sits as the No. 53 at 63.2 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 46% from the field, less than the Tigers have managed so far this season (46.5% on average).
Defensively, Princeton features the nation's No. 40-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.9 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Princeton, they were a 63-62 winner as they battled Harvard. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog.
Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 70-54 winner as they battled Florida. They covered in the match as a 1-point favorite.
Princeton Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Harvard are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Florida are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
A few Tigers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games