|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe big game on Saturday in NCAA action is between the No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 3 UConn Huskies.
Both coaches are Final Four veterans, with UConn head coach Jim Calhoun making his fourth appearance, while Kentucky's John Calipari's team has made it for the third time. Much of the focus will be on Huskies star player Kemba Walker.
But UConn is not the favorite to win on Saturday. Sportsbooks list the Wildcats as the 2.5 point favorites, with the total set at 140. The Wildcats have had a tougher road to Houston, overcoming Princeton, West Virginia, Ohio State, and North Carolina. Their most shocking win was over the Buckeyes, as nearly everyone expected Ohio State to make it to the Final Four at least, if not win the tournament outright.
UConn had a slightly easier trip to the Final Four, winning over Bucknell, Cincinnati, San Diego State, and Arizona. While Kemba Walker has been having an amazing postseason since the conference tournament, UConn relies on a number of players to back up the star. The Huskies have been in the Final Four three times before this year, winning the tournament title in two of those appearances.
This is the Wildcats' first time making it back to the Final Four since 1998. It is Kentucky's fourteenth overall appearance in the Final Four, and they are bringing a remarkably balanced team this year. However, the Wildcats were beaten earlier this year by UConn. Walker scored 29 points on the Wildcats as the Huskies got the win in Maui all the way back in November.
Kentucky's players, though, have grown into their respective roles since that early season loss, and are now considered the favorites to win. Their most recent victories over the Ohio State Buckeyes and North Carolina Tar Heels contribute a lot to that opinion.