Kentucky Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

The Kentucky Wildcats are 1-point favorites over the North Carolina Tar Heels in this Regional Final game. The over/under total for the game is set at 145. Todays winner advances to the Final Four to play the UConn Huskies next weekend in Houston, Texas.

The Kentucky Wildcats are 28-8 overall and 17-14 against the spread.  Kentucky took out top-seeded Ohio St. on Friday, 62-60. Brandon Knight’s short jumper with five ticks left lifted Kentucky over the Buckeyes who were favored by five-points. Reminiscent of Kentucky’s opener against Princeton when Knight’s only two points came at the end to beat the Tigers, the freshman did not enjoy a great game from the field before hitting the game-winner.  Knight had made just two of his previous nine attempts, hitting just 1-of-6 from 3-point range. DeAndre Liggins made the most of his time off the bench with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes.  Senior Josh Harrellson paced the Wildcats with 17 points. Friday’s win was Kentucky’s ninth straight, a streak that includes victories over Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, West Virginia and now Ohio State.

North Carolina is 29-7 on the season and 17-16 against the spread.  On Friday, North Carolina beat up Marquette, 81-63. The game was close for the first nine minutes before North Carolina, a four-point favorite, literally ran away from the Golden Eagles. Marquette held a 10-8 lead with 11:30 to go in the opening half before North Carolina went on a 19-0 run.  The Golden Eagles managed to make just six of their 30 first-half field goal attempts, and only 2-of-16 three-pointers all night. Tyler Zeller led the Tar Heels with 27 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.

The two teams played earlier in the year with North Carolina winning at home 75-73 on December 4th. Kentucky was a one-point road favorite in that game.  Tyler Zeller was the game’s top scorer with 27 points, hitting 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.  Doron Lamb came off the bench to lead Kentucky with 24 points.  In todays game I expect Kentucky to win.  Although, the Wildcats are a young-team they are finally beginning to gel as a top team in the country.  Despite being a 4-seed, to me they are one of the top couple teams in the country.  I will take the Wildcats minus the 1 as I see them playing in Houston next week against UConn.


Kentucky Wildcats -1 North Carolina Tar Heels

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