Tue, Mar 15, 4:43pm by Kevin Pitstock
When: 7:55 am AEST Friday, March 18, 2011
Where: St Petes Forum Tampa, Florida
The #13 seed Princeton Tigers face the #4 seed Kentucky Wildcats for a chance to advance to the round of 32 teams to be played over the weekend. Kentucky is from the SEC and has a record of 25-8 while Princeton represents the Ivy League and is 25-6 for the year. Before we check the odds at Sportsbet, let’s preview each team and then make our expert pick for you to place your bet.
The Wildcats defeated Florida in their last game 70-54 and have won eight of their last ten games . The team is led in scoring by Brandon Knight as his 17.5 scoring average. He also throws around 4.2 assists per game. Terrence Jones adds 8.9 rebounds a game along with 1.9 blocks per game. Doron Lamb leads in field goal percentage and DeAndere Liggins adds 1.2 steals per game. Darius Miller contributes mightily to the team effort.
Kentucky averages 76 points per game and manages to shoot the nations 62nd best from the field with 46%. They also shoot 72% from the free throw line and add 14th best 3-point shooting with a awesome 39.7% average. Rebounding is a strong 38 boards per game and they only allow the opponents to gather 30 rebounds a game.
The Tigers play a slow offensive set and still come up with 69 points per game. They shoot well with 73% from the line, 37% from beyond the arc and 46% form the field. These numbers put them in the top 100 of all the NCAA teams in offense. Princeton manhandles the boards with 34 per game and are stingy in the box out as they hold their opposition to 27 rebounds a game.
The main offensive part of this team is Kareem Maddox. He average 14 points a game and rebounds 7 boards a game. He contributes with 56% from the field and blocks almost 2 shots a game. Dan Mauraides doesn’t mind giving out assists at a 2.8 per game clip.
Pick and Prediction
Kentucky loves to play up tempo basketball while Princeton slows it down. This should be a match of wits. Kentucky plays in the SEC which is better teams than the Tigers see in the Ivy League. It appears that Kentucky is the better team and probably will prevail, however, the odds at Sportsbet has Princeton +13 for this contest. That is too hefty and we make our free pick for you to bet the spread that Princeton can handle the +14 given to them.
Our Pick: Bet Princeton +14 at Sportsbet
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