NCAA Tournament: Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 21
Game Time: 7:10 ET
Venue: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
All You Really Need To Know About Kentucky (27-6)
(SEC), NCAA NET Rank: 6. Midwest 2-seed
As always, it’s a very young, very talented Kentucky team with a whole lot of scoring punch and a whole lot of athleticism that comes through on both ends of the floor. The Cats faced a tough schedule with a few losses to Tennessee – including in the SEC Tournament – but they took down the at-the-time No. 1 Vol team in mid-February. Now it’s time to go on a run.
They can’t and don’t shoot from three, but they rebound absolutely everything. They have size, and they attack the boards like few teams in college basketball. They don’t force a ton of mistakes, but they’ll clean up the mess on their misses and they’ll make all of their free throws.
All You Really Need To Know About Abilene Christian (27-6)
(Southland), NCAA NET Rank: 154. Midwest, 15-seed
The Wildcats rolled up a six-game winning streak to take down the Southland tournament title to get into the fun. With four players averaging double-digit points and a great inside presence with Jalone Friday, it’s an interesting team that won’t go out easily.
They’re good from the outside when they have to be, but even with their size they’re miserable on the boards and they commit a whole lot of fouls. They turn force a ton of turnovers and move the ball around well for a whole slew of easy shots.
What’s Going To Happen
Abilene Christian is about to get slaughtered on the boards. Neither team will do much from three, but the 15th-seeded Wildcats will force just enough turnovers to keep this from getting out of hand – at least for part of the first half. Expect a big run from the SEC Wildcats to take all the drama and fun out of this.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Kentucky 84, Abilene Christian 57
Line: Kentucky -22.5, o/u: 132
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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