Fresh off a loss in the SEC championship game Kentucky, the top overall seed in this NCAA tournament, begins its march toward the Final Four Thursday evening when it takes state rival Western Kentucky.
WKU won the South Regional play-in game with a rally past Mississippi Valley State Tuesday. Now they get the top seed in the bracket.
Kentucky came within one win of going undefeated in SEC play this season, but lost the conference championship game Sunday to Vanderbilt.
The spread wasn't posted at press time but expect a double-digit line in favor of the Wildcats. It's significant because Kentucky is just 1-5 ATS in its past 6 games as double-digit favorite.
This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at KFC Yum! Center.
The Wildcats sit at 32-2 (13-20 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Hilltoppers are currently 16-18 (18-15 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 12-18-2 OU, and Western Kentucky is 17-15-1 OU.