NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Final Odds – No. 8 Kentucky Battles No. 2 MichiganJosh Bailey
The eight-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are finally fulfilling all of the promise that made them the nation’s top-ranked team in the preseason. Now, the ‘young gunners’ from the Bluegrass State will look to pull off another ‘upset’ when they take on the second-seeded Michigan Wolverines and cash in on the NCAA Basketball Midwest Regional Final Odds in the process.
No. 8 Kentucky (2-1 ATS) vs. No. 2 Michigan (3-0 ATS)
Saturday, March 29 at 5:05 PM ET (CBS) Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
NCAAB Odds: Kentucky -2
Why Kentucky will win this Elite Eight Matchup
The Wildcats will win this contest not only because they have far more talent, but also because they’re playing their best basketball of the season at just the right moment.
I love the way the Wildcats have had to overcome two great teams – and an arena full of on-court drama – to beat both, Wichita State and Louisville and I believe these experiences will serve them well against the Wolverines.
Kentucky has gotten a slew of solid performances from multiple players, not to mention the fact that freshman forward Julius Randle has gone all ‘beast mode’ recently, dominating both, the Shockers and Cardinals down the stretch.
Could the Wildcats Go all the way?
Of course they can…and I like them to do just that. This team is loaded with future NBA performers, has a experienced head coach in John Calipari whether you like him or not. The Wildcats also have a chip the size of the Grand Canyon on their collective shoulders right about now.
Why Michigan will win this Elite Eight Matchup
The Wolverines will win this matchup because they’re far more experienced and have just as much balance on their team if not quite the same amount of media notoriety. Michigan has four players that can all get double figures in any contest. I also love the Wolverines inside-out combo of forward Glen Robinson III and guard Nick Stauskas, the reigning Big ten Player of the Year!
Could the Wolverines go all the way?
If Michigan wins this contest over a Wildcats team that appears determined to reach the Final Four, it’s quite possible. Lest anyone forget, this team did reach the national championship game a year ago.
And the winner is…
The Kentucky Wildcats will win this game and cover the small two-point spread with room to spare. I know the Wolverines aren’t going to go away quietly and that they have the big edge in experience, but the fact of the matter is that Kentucky has at least five or six players that, despite their youthfulness, are all going to play at the next level because of their flat-out playing potential. Michigan is going to find stopping Randle extremely difficult and the growth of the Harrison twins recently has been nothing short of amazing.
Back the ‘Cats to get ‘er done!