Sports Betting Picks Extra 03-26-2017 Kentucky Vs. North Carolina
Sports Betting Picks Extra 03-26-2017
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After avenging a December loss to UCLA on Friday night in the South Regional semifinals at FedEx Forum, Kentucky tries to keep North Carolina from evening the score with a Final Four berth on the line.
Two of the sport’s bluebloods meet Sunday in a rematch of perhaps the game of the regular season, a 103-100 Wildcats win on Dec. 17 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Freshman guard Malik Monk wowed the sellout crowd of more than 19,000 with 47 points on 28 shots, canning eight 3-pointers.
Can Monk possibly improve on that epic effort?
“They will play me even tighter,” he said, “so (De’Aaron) Fox will have his way. Or anyone else will have their way.”
Fox sure had his way in Kentucky’s 86-75 elimination of UCLA on Friday night, pumping in a career-high 39 points on just 20 shots as he continually attacked the bucket. Monk perked up after a slow start to add 21 points, setting up a matchup of the region’s top two seeds.
North Carolina (30-7) disposed of Butler 92-80 in Friday night’s opener, leading by double figures for the final 24 minutes and getting a combined 50 points from Joel Berry and Justin Jackson.
Berry appeared to be over an ankle injury that hampered him in the Tar Heels’ previous game against Arkansas, tallying 26 points, while the smooth Jackson worked the Bulldogs over for 24 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Jackson had a great matchup early, going against the 6-3 Kethan Savage, who tried hard but simply wasn’t able to keep Jackson from getting whatever shot he wanted.
“I saw they had a smaller defender on me and my teammates were finding me,” Jackson said. “They were setting screens and they were just kind of late off those screens. I just kind of felt like I was moving freely, and my teammates were finding me. It was just up to me to step up and knock in the shots.”
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