Sports Betting Picks 03-19-2017 Kentucky Vs. Wichita State
Sports Betting Picks 03-19-2017 Write Up
The #10 Wichita State Shockers (31 – 4) are squaring off against the #2 Kentucky Wildcats (30 – 5) in the 2nd Round of the Men’s Basketball Championship. Kentucky comes into this game having closed out the year on an incredible run, racking up 12 straight wins. Wichita State exploded for 16 straight wins to finish their year, becoming a shocking threat out of the MVC. Wichita State and Kentucky are evenly matched in what should be a competitive game.
The Kentucky Wildcats beat Wichita State back in 2014 — in the 2nd Round of this very same tournament. Both teams are composed very differently now so no outcome can be predetermined. Kentucky is scoring 86 PPG on offense this year while shooting a smooth 48% from the floor as a team. Kentucky’s offense is guided by the play of lead guard Malik Monk (20 PPG on 45% shooting).
Kentucky’s hot hitting offense will have to overcome Wichita State’s elite defense. Wichita State is holding opposing teams to just 58 PPG on defense so far this season. Offensively the Shockers are as good as anyone, scoring 82 PPG on 47% shooting. Look for star Markis McDuffie (12 PPG, 6 RPG) to have a big game after coming up small against Dayton this past week. Wichita State needs to have some serious offensive composure throughout this entire contest.
Recent Betting Trends:
Shockers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
Wildcats are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games as a favorite.
Under is 13-3 in Shockers last 16 neutral site games.
Under is 5-0 in Wildcats last 5 games following a ATS loss.
The Shockers beat a very good Dayton Flyers team in opening round but that effort took out a ton from Wichita and leaves them vulnerable against blue blood Kentucky. The high scoring Kentucky pushes this game way over total and gets it done for bettors as well. Final Score Prediction, Kentucky Wildcats win and cover ATS 86-80.