Wisconsin Badgers vs Kentucky Wildcats Free NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/31/2014
Saturday, April 5, 8:49 PM on TBS
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Opening Lines & Odds - Kentucky -1.5 -- Over/Under: 139
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The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday in the other half of this Final Four. There isn't a team playing hotter than the Wildcats at the moment and not many saw it coming after the numerous letdowns during the regular season. However, John Calipari has this young group of kids playing like they've been here before.
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Kentucky is coming off a nail-biting win over the Michigan Wolverines in which Aaron Harrison knocked down a three pointer with 2.3 seconds to go to put Kentucky up for good. Julius Randle led the way for the Wildcats with 16 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and a block. Randle was a load for the Wolverines and the deciding factor in this game came on the glass where Kentucky out-rebounded Michigan 35-24. There were just too many big, athletic bodies in the paint for the Wolverines to handle. This is the recipe the Wildcats will hope to use against Wisconsin. If Willie Cauley-Stein makes a return for this game, it'll be even more adventitious for the Wildcats.
Wisconsin is coming off a thrilling overtime win against the number 1 seed Arizona Wildcats. Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 28 points, 11 rebounds and an assist in the 64-63 win. This was a tight game from start to finish with numerous lead changes. There were a few questionable calls down the stretch but good teams have to play through them and Wisconsin held strong. The Badgers will need another excellent game out of Kaminsky if they hope to handle the inside threat of Randle and Cauley-Stein.
Kentucky is 19-15-2 ATS this season
Kentucky is 12-15-2 against the over/under this season
Wisconsin is 20-16-1 ATS this season
Wisconsin is 17-14-0 against the over/under this season
Injuries to Watch
03/31/14 F Willie Cauley-Stein Ankle questionable Saturday vs. Wisconsin
12/07/13 G George Marshall Concussion has left team
11/18/13 G Riley Dearring None redshirt
Josh's Pick: Take Wisconsin
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