West Virginia Vs Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Line & Final Score Prediction

West Virginia Vs Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Line & Final Score Prediction

West Virginia Vs Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Line & Final Score Prediction

Thursday night’s Sweet Sixteen tilt between the top-seeded and undefeated Kentucky Wildcats a the fifth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers will be beyond epic. The Wildcats are a whopping 13.5-point favorite over the Mountaineers.

This contest will feature two coaches, who are friends off of the court, who are loved at home and hated everywhere else.  Throw the Hatfield-McCoy-esque border-state rivalry and the fact that Bob Huggins has the upper hand against John Calipari with a 8-2 head-to-head record.

These two squads have not met on either team’s home-court since 1992, but this will be their third meeting in seven seasons.

A Closer Look At The West Virginia Mountaineers Vs Kentucky Wildcats Sweet Sixteen Line & My 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
Stream: CBSSports.com
Radio:  West Virginia Vs Kentucky
Point Spread: Wildcats -13.5
Game Total: 136.5

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 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)

The Mountaineers finished the regular season with a 23-9 record, 17-13 against the spread, and beat the Buffalo Bulls (68-62) and the Maryland Terrapins SU and ATS in their first two 2015 March Madness contests. West Virginia is led by senior guard Juwan Staten (14.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.6 APG), and sophomore forward Devin Williams (11.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.3 APG). WVU averages 73.9 points per game, shooting 41.2% from the field (282nd) and 14.5 assists per game (50th). Their defense allows 66.8 points per game against (179th) and pulls down 36.8 rebounds per game (57th).

"Since we started we played the underdog role," WVU senior point guard Juwan Staten said. "They didn’t think we’d get past Buffalo. We got past Buffalo. They didn’t think we’d get past Maryland. We got past Maryland. I’m pretty sure nobody in the world thinks we’re going to get past Kentucky besides the 1.2 million people in West Virginia. But we’re going to keep doing what we do. And keep playing."

Kentucky, of course, is chasing history after ended the regular season 34-0, 19-13-2 against the spread. Can they go undefeated for the remainder of the March Madness season? So far they have beaten the Hampton Pirates (79-56) and the Cincinnati Bearcats (64-51), but failed to covered the spread in both gamest. Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison (11.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG) and freshman guard Devin Booker (10.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.3 APG) lead the Wildcats. The team averages 74.9 points per game (29th) while shooting 46.9% from the field (40th) and recording 14.7 assists per game (42nd). Kentucky’s defense averages 53.9 points per game (4th) and while grabbing 38.1 RPG (21st).

"I always like it when my team shoots 37, 36, 35 percent and wins in double digits," Kentucky coach John Calipari said after beating the Bearcats. "It shows them they don’t have to make shots to win. You can miss them all. No, you can’t miss them all. You can miss most of them, and you can still win games if you defend, you rebound, and you play that way, make your free throws, and they did."

The Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 NCAA Tournament games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, but 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 13.0 or greater.

The Wildcats are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games, 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite, 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games as a favorite, 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall, 11-3-2 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games, but 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Sweet Sixteen Final Score Prediction: West Virginia 65-74 Kentucky.