West Virginia Vs Kentucky Betting Odds & Final Score PredictionJosh Bailey
The 36-0, top-seeded, 13.5-point favorite Kentucky Wildcats may be the best college basketball team in the country but the 5th-seeded, Sweet 16, first of four opponents the West Virginia Mountaineers stand in their way from a historic 40-0 finish.
A Closer Look At The West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds & Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (5) West Virginia Mountaineers vs (1) Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Mar. 26, 2015
Start Time: 9:45 p.m. ET
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
TV Info: CBS
Radio: West Virginia Vs Kentucky
Point Spread: Wildcats -13.5
Game Total: 136.5
West Virginia Will Cover the 13.5-point Spread If
The Mountaineers can get easy buckets in transition.
West Virginia does not like to play in the half court. Even though they beat Buffalo 68 to 62 in the first round and Maryland 69 to 59 in the second round, West Virginia is at its best when it is running out on the break and getting easy buckets in transition.
The Mountaineers’ defense allows 46.8% shooting on average from the field. That’s not going to cut it versus Kentucky, which means that for West Virginia to cover the spread in this matchup, they’re going to have to get easy buckets on offense. Devin Williams has been tearing it up on the glass. He gathered 9 boards versus Buffalo and 10 against Maryland. If he can get 10 boards versus Kentucky and get those rebounds out to Juwan Staten on the break for easy buckets, West Virginia should cover the spread in this matchup.
West Virginia’s Sweet 16 Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Juwan Staten, 6-1, Sr., 14.5 ppg, 4.6 apg
- G Gary Browne, 6-1, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
- G Daxter Miles Jr., 6-3, Fr., 7.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg
- F Devin Williams, 6-9, So., 11.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg
- F Jonathan Holton, 6-7, Jr., 7.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
- Coach: Bob Huggins (8th season)
Kentucky Will Cover the 13.5-point Spread If
Kentucky shoots better from the field.
West Virginia is not the best defensive team that Kentucky has faced or will face in this tournament. Cincinnati’s defense is much better than West Virginia’s. But the Mountaineers can speed things up versus the Wildcats and that could cause Kentucky problems since, because they are so big on the front line, Kentucky likes to play in the half court on offense.
When you are a half court team, the onus is on you to hit your shots because you have fewer possessions. In this game on Thursday, Kentucky is likely to have a lot less possessions than West Virginia if the Mountaineers go back to their run and gun style. Kentucky shot 37% from the field versus Cincinnati. They shot 26% from the arc versus the Bearcats. Shooting that poorly will definitely lead to a loss against the spread versus the Mountaineers.
Kentucky Wildcats’ Sweet 16 Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Aaron Harrison, 6-6, So., 11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
- G Andrew Harrison, 6-6, So., 9.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.7 apg
- F Trey Lyles, 6-10, Fr., 8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg
- F Karl-Anthony Towns, 6-11, Fr., 9.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
- C Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, Jr., 9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
- Coach: John Calipari (sixth season)