CBB Lines – Kentucky Wildcats to claw past the Connecticut Huskies to advance to Finals
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One of the Final Four matchups on the CBB lines in the NCAA Tournament this weekend sees the Kentucky Wildcats (29-8) taking on the Connecticut Huskies (30-8) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX on Saturday, April 2 at 8:45 ET in a game televised nationally on CBS.
Even though Connecticut is a three seed and Kentucky is a four seed, it is the Wildcats that are slight favorites in this game as well as the current favorites to win the NCAA Basketball Championship +140, and we are looking for Kentucky to live up to those lofty expectations with a safe cover on the CBB lines here.
The NCAA Basketball latest line at Bookmaker Sportsbook for this contest is Kentucky -2½ on a neutral court, with the betting total set at 140.
Kentucky has been rated significantly higher than Connecticut on the Pomeroy Ratings all season, and in fact Pomeroy has ranked the Wildcats much higher than their national ranking on the human polls for much of the year, even raising some eyebrows by ranking Kentucky in the top 10 in the county before this NCAA Tournament started.
Well, Kentucky has validated its Pomeroy numbers to this point and is now the highest ranked team remaining in the tournament. The Wildcats may have gone just 4-7 both straight up and against the CBB lines in true road games this season, which is the primary reason why many people questioned their Pomeroy Rating, but they have apparently been undaunted by neutral sites while going 10-1 straight up.
Kentucky is peaking at the perfect time, currently riding a 10-game winning streak and winning 12 of its last 13 games straight up with the only loss coming in overtime at Arkansas. The Cats have just beaten the top overall seed in the country in Ohio State and a two seed in North Carolina, so they should be extremely confident taking on the third-seeded Huskies here.
Yes, Connecticut has been just as hot as Kentucky has, winning nine straight games including five wins in five days in the Big East Tournament with the last four wins coming against ranked teams. However, that accomplishment lost its luster with all four of those ranked Big East teams out of this NCAA Tournament by the second weekend.
The fact is that the teams that UConn has beaten in this tournament are not as good as Kentucky’s last two victims, and remember that the Huskies were life-and-death to escape with a two-point win over the fifth seeded Arizona Wildcats last Saturday.
Now the Kentucky Wildcats may be young, but they are much more disciplined than you would expect, ranking a fantastic 10th in the country in turnover percentage at only 16.1 percent of their possessions. They should take advantage of a Huskies’ defense here that ranks only 310th out of 345 Division I teams in forcing turnovers, resulting in a fairly safe Kentucky win on the CBB lines.
So will Kentucky live up to its Pomeroy Rating with a handy victory or will Connecticut justify its higher seeding with a mild upset? You can back your opinion on this and other CBB lines using Triple Double, the new mobile platform from Bookmaker Sportsbook. Triple Double is betting on the go made simple.
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