UCLA Bruins Vs UK Wildcats Sweet 16 Line & Betting AdviceJosh Bailey
The third-seeded UCLA Bruins and second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats will square off as Pick ‘Ems in the most anticipated Sweet 16 matchup in this year’s March Madness national championship tournament.
Now, with both nationally-ranked title contenders looking to take the next step toward fulfilling their championship dreams, let’s find out which team is offering the most value in this highly intriguing showdown that looks worthy of a championship matchup.
No. 3 UCLA Bruins Vs No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats Line & Betting Advice
What: No. 3 UCLA Bruins (31-4) vs No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats (31-5)
When: Friday, March 24, 2017
Start Time: 8:39 PM ET
Where: Memphis, Tennessee
Spread: Even Money
Game Total: 166
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: UCLA vs Kentucky
Why Bet The UCLA Bruins
UCLA has momentum by winning nine of their last 10 games. The Bruins beat Kent State by 17 in their opener and got past a tough Cincinnati balclub in their 79-67 second round win on Sunday as gifted freshman point guard Lonzo Ball scored team-high 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting with four threes while shooting guard Bryce Alford chipped in 16 points in the win.
Another great reason to back the Bruins is that they hold the edge in scoring, shooting percentage, free thorw shooting and turnovers against Kentucky.
Why Bet The Kentucky Wildcats
There’s plenty of good reasons to back Kentucky in this matchup, starting with the fact that the Wildcats have won 10 straight games. Kentucky got past Northern Kentucky in their opener before picking up another hard-fought win by getting past a very good Wichita State team 65- 62in the second round as Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox both scored a team-high 14 points in the win. The Wildcats are the better defensive team and get better bench production than UCLA.
UCLA Vs UK Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
UCLA is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games, but the Bruins are also just 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning SU record, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games against SEC ballclubs and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
While Kentucky has gone 1-4-1 ATS in their last six NCAA Tournament games, the Wildcats are also 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Despite the fct that a whopping 61 percent of the betting public likes UCLA, I fully expect UCLA to bring out the best in Kentucky in this contest and that the Wildcats will rise up to meet the challenge to win and advance!