Indiana Hoosiers vs. Kentucky Wildcats
The Indiana Hoosiers put their unbeaten record on the line when they welcome the number one ranked Kentucky Wildcats to Assembly Hall on Saturday. The Wildcats are -3.5 point favorites over the Hoosiers with an over/under point total set at 139.
Tom Crean’s Indiana Hoosiers are off to a perfect 8-0 start and while the schedule has come up soft they have done everything that has been asked of them to this point. The Indiana program has been down for a few years but they are hoping this is the year they get back on the college basketball map and get back to being a part of March Madness. Cody Zeller is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, Victor Oladapio is averaging 12.2 points and 5.0 rebounds, Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.2 points, and Will Sheehey is averaging 11.8 points. As a team IU is averaging 85 points, 16.1 assists, and they are shooting 52.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.2 points, 8.9 assists, and their opposition shoots 38.1 percent. This will easily be Indiana’s stiffest test thus far and a small taste of what they might see once Big Ten play starts.
The Kentucky Wildcats are the number one team in the nation and will be taking the court for the first time since beating North Carolina is an instant classic last Saturday. John Calipari’s team is loaded with talent and while championships aren’t won in December this team looks to be as good as any in the country. Terrance Jones is averaging 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds, Doron Lamb is averaging 14.4 points and 4.1 rebounds, Anthony Davis is averaging 12.2 points and 9.1 rebounds, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 12.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. As a team UK is averaging 82.4 points, 43.5 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 49 percent while defensively they allow 57 points and their opponents as shooting 32.6 percent from the floor. Kentucky thus far looks focused and unfortunately for their opponents they are probably only going to be getting better.
Indiana is 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, 0-5 against the spread in their last five against SEC teams, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall. Kentucky is 5-0 against the spread in their last five against the Big Ten, 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games. The favorite has covered in 11 of the last 12 meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 139 and to this I say the over is no problem.