Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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24-10 March 17, 9:40 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse 29-5
Northern Kentucky vs Kentucky, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:40 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, CBS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
829 –Northern Kentucky Norse +19½ -110 +1800 Ov 153½ -110
830 –Kentucky Wildcats -19½ -110 -5000 Un 153½ -110

The Northern Kentucky Norse and the Kentucky Wildcats will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

ABOUT NORTHERN KENTUCKY (24-10): McDonald, a first-team all-Horizon League selection, averages 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds after recording 14 and 12 versus Milwaukee for his 11th double-double of the season. Senior guard Cole Murray (10.2 points) helped the Norse lead the Horizon in 3-pointers made at 8.7 per game by making a league-best 3.1, shooting 40.4 from beyond the arc overall while hoisting 244. Junior guard Lavone Holland II (14.3 points, team-high 4.1 assists) and freshman forward Carson Williams (10.5 points, 5.8 rebounds) are Northern Kentucky’s other top scoring threats.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (29-5): Monk and Fox (16.1 points) receive much of the attention, but Bam Adebayo could be the key to the Wildcats’ success. The 6-10 forward averages 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, and has the ability to be an intimidating presence in the paint with a team-leading 52 blocks. Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe (12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists) is considered a seasoned veteran at Kentucky and is arguably the Wildcats’ best all-around player.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 19½-point favorites versus the Norse, while the game’s total is sitting at 153½.

Kentucky begins its bid for a ninth NCAA Tournament title when it meets No. 15 Northern Kentucky on Friday in the first round of the South Region in Indianapolis and coach John Calipari made it clear how the Wildcats can reach the pinnacle. “What happens for us the rest of the way will all be based on how we play … it’ll be all based on defense,” Calipari said after the Wildcats won the SEC title with an 82-65 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

Kentucky, which won the NCAA title in 2012, finds itself in a difficult region that includes No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Butler and No. 8 Arkansas, as UCLA (11), Kentucky and North Carolina (tied for third with five) won the most NCAA Tournament titles. The Wildcats are once again loaded with freshmen talent led by the backcourt of Malik Monk (20.5 points per game) and De’Aaron Fox (SEC-most 4.9 assists). The Norse won the Horizon League tournament as the No. 4 seed with a 59-53 victory over Milwaukee on March 7 in its fifth Division I season, and first with postseason eligibility. “We got another game to play,” 6-7 sophomore forward Drew McDonald, who leads Northern Kentucky in scoring and rebounding, told reporters. “I got the chills just thinking about it.”

Kentucky won its last outing, a 82-65 result against Razorbacks on March 12. They covered in that game as a -7.5-point favorite.

Northern Kentucky was a 59-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Panthers. They covered the -5.5-point spread as favorites.

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Northern Kentucky:
Team record: 24-10 SU,20-10-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.

Team record: 29-5 SU,17-16-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 11 straight games.
Kentucky is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kentucky’s last 7 games


1. The winner between the schools located less than 85 miles apart plays No. 7 seed Dayton or No. 10 Wichita State in Sunday’s second round.

2. The Norse became the second team to make the NCAA Tournament in their first season of eligibility — North Dakota State was the first in 1970.

3. Calipari won 23 NCAA Tournament games and reached four Final Fours since coming to Kentucky in 2009-2010 with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (19) and Kansas’ Bill Self (16) second and third during that time.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Kentucky Wildcats will cover the spread at -19.5 and the game will stay under 153½ points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Kentucky 86, Northern Kentucky 66 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

76.1 PTS FOR 85.9
71.4 PTS AGNST 71.6
4.7 DIFF. 14.4
26.5 DEF REBOUNDS 27.6
11.1 OFF REBOUNDS 12.6
45.9 FG% 47.7
67.6 FT% 70.2
8.6 3 POINTERS 7.1
5.7 STEALS 6.1
No trends to report
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kentucky’s last 7 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games
Northern Kentucky’s Overall Scoring vs Kentucky’s Overall Defense 76.2 111 71.6 164
Northern Kentucky’s Away Scoring vs Kentucky’s Home Defense 71.8 128 69.3 173
Northern Kentucky’s Road Rebounds vs Kentucky’s Home Rebounds Allowed 38.8 16 33.4 126
Kentucky’s Overall Scoring vs Northern Kentucky’s Overall Defense 85.9 5 71.4 157
Kentucky’s Home Scoring vs Northern Kentucky’s Road Defense 87.4 16 71.3 94
Kentucky’s Home Rebounds vs Northern Kentucky’s Road Rebounds Allowed 39.9 39 34.1 85

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