|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABIt will be a battle of the Bluegrass State when number four seeded Louisville meets the tournaments overall number one seed, Kentucky in New Orleans on Saturday night. The game will be the first half of the Final Four doubleheader beginning at 6:09ET. You will be able to watch both contests on your local CBS affiliate.
Rick Pitino will lead his Cardinals into the Wildcats lair. You have to give Pitino, who won a national title in Lexington himself and his players, credit for just arriving at this point. In their last tourney contest they survived both Florida and some tough calls by the games officials, ultimately emerging with a 72-68 victory. The Cardinals finished off the Gators with an 18-3 run to end the game.
This affair was all about the Louisville defense, which forced the Gators into missing their last six shots and turning the ball over once in the last two and a half minutes. The Cardinals Russ Smith led all scorers with 19 points.
Now comes the one and done world of John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. They enjoyed a decisive win against Baylor 82-70 last Sunday. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 19 points, while all everything, Anthony Davis contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds.Now Kentucky comes in with a 36-2 mark to face Louisville at 30-9.
With nothing on the line, other than state pride and possibly a party afterwards, the Wildcats defeated the Cardinals 69-62 on New Years Eve. Key players for Kentucky will be the aforementioned, number one NBA draft pick in waiting, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist. Davis is 6'10" and averages 10 rebounds and 4.6 blocks a game. Kidd-Gilchrist attacks the rim with the best of them.
For Louisville, little " 6' Peyton Siva also likes to crash the rim, but he will dish to a teammate too, at a rate of 5.6 assists per contest and literally runs the Cardinals "O". Coming out of the Florida game Russ Smith is a sleeper who bares watching. Only Kyle Kuric scores more points per game then he does. Oh, by the way, the last time these two teams met, all Smith did was score 30 off the bench.
According to our NCAA odds, Kentucky is a solid 8.5 point favorite for a wager of $110 to win $100. $110 will also be required if you'd like to bet the over/under of 137.