The NCAA Tournament continues its path toward the final four with two more Elite Eight games on Sunday. In one of those games, the Kentucky Wildcats meet the Michigan Wolverines.
Kentucky was the preseason AP No. 1 pick but has not lived up to its label of best recruiting class of all time in college basketball.
However, the Wildcats seem to have awoken from their season long snooze and are a team that cannot be overlooked. Kentucky could very well be lifting the national championship trophy in just 8 days.
Fresh from defeating Louisville the defending national champions for a second time this season, Kentucky is small chalk on Bovada and sportsbook.com in their matchup against the talented Michigan Wolverines.
Kentucky has been inconsistent this season with his squad laden with freshmen. However, with wins over talented teams such as Louisville and the previously unbeaten Wichita State Shockers, the Wildcats are a legitimate threat to win and move on today.
However, they might have to play without one of their frontcourt players.
Michigan is in the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season after a win against Tennessee in the Sweet 16. Head Coach John Beilein is now 20-5 against the number in NCAA Tournament games for his coaching career.
Kentucky will have a huge advantage on the boards, but Michigan counters that with sharpshooters from 3-point territory.
The current line on topbet and betonline has Kentucky -2 with the point total sitting on 140.5.
John Calipari the Kentucky head coach is 7-1-1 ATS in March Madness. Kentucky lost 78-74 to Michigan State this past November, which was their only game versus a member of the Big Ten.
Michigan defeated Michigan State 2 out of 3 times they have played this season. Kentucky is 6-0 ATS over its past 6 games overall. The OVER has cashed in 6 of the past 8 games the Wolverines have played overall.
Willie Cauley-Stein a sophomore forward for Kentucky injured an ankle against Louisville. He did not return after the first half injury and his status for this game is still unknown.
Cauley-Stein is a big reason the Wildcats have the second best rebounding margin in the nation.
Kentucky starts five freshmen including twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle one of the nation’s best frontcourt players.
Michigan relies on its outside shot. The Wolverines have hit 32 of their 65 three point shots during their three games thus far in the tournament.
Michigan is 13-0 SU in their past 13 games decided by 9 points or less.
Kentucky might be loaded with freshmen, but they have finally realized what it is to play like a team. The Wildcats will be tough on the boards and will look to shut down the Michigan perimeter offense.
I like the Wildcats less the points to win and move on to their third Final Four in four seasons.