Kentucky Wildcats vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes
The Ohio St. Buckeyes are 5-point favorites over the Kentucky Wildcats in this Sweet 16 East Region game played in Newark, NJ.Â The over/under for the game is set at 140.Â Its one of the featured games of the Sweet Sixteen and a match up many have hoped for long before the brackets were announced as the Ohio State Buckeyes meet the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournaments Sweet 16.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have looked very much like the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament this season as they have blown out Texas-San Antonio and George Mason in the first two rounds. Ohio St. has won their first two games by a combined 61 points as they were well prepared coming in playing the 28th ranked schedule in the nation going 18-0 in out of conference games and 5-0 in neutral site games. Offensively the Buckeyes are averaging 77.6 points and they shoot 49.9 percent while grabbing 34.5 rebounds. Jared Sullinger is averaging 17.1 points and 10 rebounds, William Buford is averaging 14.5 points, Jon Diebler is averaging 12.6 points and David Lighty is averaging 12.1 points. Defensively Ohio State allows 59.6 points per game while their opponents shoot 42.3 percent and they are seventh in the nation in defensive rebounding.
The Kentucky Wildcats have had to battle in their first two NCAA Tournament games but both times in the end John Caliparis team was able to get the win. Playing big time programs and number one teams is nothing new to UK and this season they have played the 12th ranked schedule going 17-2 out of conference and 9-1 in games played at a neutral site. Offensively the Cats are averaging 75.8 points per game and shoot 46.2 percent while grabbing 37.6 rebounds. Brandon Knight is averaging 17.4 points, Terrance Jones is averaging 16.1 points and 8.7 rebounds, and Doron Lamb is averaging 12.6 points. Defensively Kentucky allows their opponents to score 63.6 points and shoot 39.3 percent while they are 135th in defensive rebounding.
Ohio State is 5-1 against the spread against SEC teams, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of up to six and a half points. Kentucky is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against Big Ten teams, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games as a neutral site underdog, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games.
I think this game will come down to the final few minutes as both teams are evenly matched.Â When, I see a game like this I will always take the team getting points.Â For that reason, I will happily wager on the Kentucky Wildcats plus the 5-points
Kentucky Wildcats +5 Ohio St. Buckeyes