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Kentucky Gets Short End Of The Stick In Round of 64

Kentucky is one of the premier college basketball powerhouses in the country. Year in and year out, the Wildcats prove to be among the elite in college hoops. But the committee didn’t do them any favors by placing them against Northern Kentucky in the Round of 64. Kentucky should win this game but is playing an in-state rival with absolutely nothing to lose.

  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kentucky's last 7 games.
  • Northern Kentucky is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games against teams with winning records.
  • Kentucky is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games in March.

The Wildcats enter the tourney riding an 11-game winning streak that has seen them hold opponents to just 66.8 points per game and a meager 40.4 shooting percentage. The most terrifying aspect of Kentucky is De’Aaron Fox’s offensive consistency during the SEC tourney. Fox has been widely criticized for his lack of 3-point shooting ability, but the freshman averaged 22 points and went 3-for-5 from deep during the conference tournament. Sure, he’s not going to be confused with Steph Curry, but Fox’s slow development of a deep game is dangerous.

Northern Kentucky shocked many by winning the Horizon and enters the Madness with wins in 10 of the past 11 games. The Norse have been exceptional of late thanks to the added offense from Lavone Holland II, who has notched 18.5 points and 6.2 assists per game in the past six, though he has also averaged 3.2 turnovers in the same span.

Northern Kentucky Norse vs Kentucky Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 29-5 and 17-16-1 ATS Kentucky Wildcats will face the 24-10 Northern Kentucky Norse, who own a 20-10-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Kentucky Wildcats are 17-17 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Northern Kentucky Norse are 14-17.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 83-ranked Northern Kentucky Norse, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Northern Kentucky got 20 points from Lavone Holland II en route to a 59-53 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Kentucky earned a 82-65 victory over Arkansas on Sunday, getting 18 points from De'Aaron Fox at Bridgestone Arena.