Get ready for a tight one today when the Auburn Tigers (22-9) take on the Kentucky Wildcats (26-5) at Sprint Center in NCAA Tournament action. Kentucky was a short 4-point favorite when the odds first opened, while the total started at 145. The game tips off at 2:20 pm ET.
The winner will move onto the Final Four to face #1 Virginia, which advanced out of the South Region with an OT win over Purdue yesterday.
This season, the potent Tigers offense is scoring 80 points per game, 34th overall, and sits 15th in offensive rating. They are hitting at 42-percent from the floor and 37-percent from the three-point line (71st).
The D is solid, but not as great, sitting 69th in defensive rating and surrendering 68 points per game (96th in the America). On the season, opponents are shooting 43-percent shooting from the floor. The only way for the team to become a true title contender is to buckle down even harder on D.
Offensively, they are paced by Bryce Brown, who’s averaging a team-leading 16 points per game. Chuma Okeke leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 7 boards a night.
The Tigers won’t crush you in terms of rebounding, but they aren’t the worst of the worst. They are currently 193rd in the country, hauling in 32 rebounds per game.
Auburn is coming off a 97-80 win over North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Chuma Okeke led the way in that game with 20 points, making up for a somewhat quiet night from Brown (12 points). But Okeke also left that game with a torn ACL and won’t obviously won’t be in the lineup today.
The Tigers will be facing a Kentucky squad that is elite at the offensive end, sitting 25th in offensive rating. That has translated to the Wildcats scoring 77 points per game, 79th in the country.
The Wildcats aren’t quite as impressive defensively, but they aren’t terrible either, ranking 38th in defensive rating while conceding 65 points, on average.
PJ Washington is the leader at the offensive end, pouring in 15 points per contest. He’s also the team’s best rebounder, statistically, pulling in 8 rebounds per game. Washington was able to overcome his own injury, which kept him out of the first two rounds, when he suited up versus Houston in the Sweet 16.
Washington’s prowess on the glass has helped Kentucky dominate that facet of the game. As a team, they sit 24th in rebounding, at 36 RPG.
The Wildcats were able to get a win in their last game, beating Houston 62-58. Tyler Herro led the team in scoring, with 19 points in the win.
Betting-wise, Kentucky has cashed more often than not, going 20-16-0 ATS. But approach with caution because Auburn is a solid 21-15-1 ATS.
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