Kentucky Can Make Three SEC Schools in Final Four
The Kentucky Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels will wrap up the action on Sunday when they battle at FedExForum for a spot in the Final Four. A Kentucky win in the Elite Eight will make it three SEC teams in the Final Four. That is a slap in the face to all the TV talking heads who bashed the SEC as a weak basketball conference.
Oddsmakers opened the Tar Heels as -3-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total opened at 155.5. UNC is now a 2.5-point favorite and the total has been bet up to 160 at many places.
North Carolina was a 92-80 winner in the Sweet Sixteen against the Butler Bulldogs. They covered the -7-point spread as favorites and the game was not as close as the score. UNC led by double figures for the final 24 minutes and got a combined 50 points from Joel Berry and Justin Jackson. Berry appeared to be over an ankle injury. He aggravated the injury and it bothered him in the Tar Heels’ previous game against Arkansas. He scored 26 points, while Jackson worked the Bulldogs over for 24 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Kentucky was a 86-75 winner in their Sweet Sixteen outing against the UCLA Bruins. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs. De’Aaron Fox sure had his way in Kentucky’s of UCLA on Friday night. He hammered in a career-high 39 points on just 20 shots. He continually attacked the bucket and dared the Bruins to stop him.
Elite Eight Betting Trends
Team record: 32-5 SU,18-17-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 14 straight games.
Kentucky is 7-13-2 ATS in its last 22 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kentucky’s last 10 games
Team record: 30-7 SU,20-16-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
North Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina’s last 6 games
North Carolina is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Kentucky
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