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Sweet Sixteen: Kentucky Gets Another Crack at UCLA

Sweet Sixteen

UCLA Beat Cats 97-92 in December

The fans at FedExForum will a quality matchup between the UCLA Bruins and the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen when they take their seats on Friday. Kentucky is the No. 2 seed in the South Region and UCLA is the No. 3 seed. The Bruins beat the Wildcats 97-92 on Dec. 3 in Lexington, Ky. Needless to say the Cats will have payback on their minds.

UCLA is the No. 1 scoring team in the nation at 90.2 points per game. Kentucky is at No. 9 at 85.2 points per game. They are the two highest scoring teams left in the NCAA field. Tonight’s game has the potential to be one of the best of the tournament.

Oddsmakers opened the Bruins as 0-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total opened at 169. UCLA is now a 1.5-point favorite and the total has climbed to 167.

Kentucky was a 65-62 winner in their NCAA Tournament 2nd round matchup against the Wichita State Shockers. The game was a push of the -3-point spread. Kentucky put five players in double figures in the December game. The Cats were led by Malik Monk with 24 points. De’Aaron Fox added 20, Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Isaiah Briscoe scored 12.

UCLA was a 79-67 winner in their roung of 32 matchup against Cincinnati Bearcats. They covered the -4-point spread as favorites. In the December game, T.J. Leaf made 7 of 12 shots and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, Thomas Welsh, Lonzo Ball and Bryce Alford each had 14, and Aaron Holiday added 13.

Sweet Sixteen Betting Trends

UCLA:
Team record: 31-4 SU,17-18 ATS
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of UCLA’s last 8 games

Kentucky:
Team record: 31-5 SU,17-17-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 13 straight games.
Kentucky is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kentucky’s last 9 games

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Dirty

Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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