2014 NCAA Tournament Championship
Kentucky Wildcats vs. UConn Huskies
Date/Time April 8th, 9:10 p.m. EST
The 2014 NCAA Tournament comes to an end on Monday night as the champion will be decided to end the college basketball season. After all of the dust has settled all of the top seeds are gone and the two remaining teams are indeed Cinderella’s. The 8th seed Kentucky Wildcats will go up against the 7th seed UConn Huskies and the winner will be crowned the National Champion.
No one saw this coming as the Wildcats and the Huskies were not predicted to go this deep in the tournament. In fact the Huskies started the season with 100 to 1 odds to cut down the nets. That is what makes this sport so exciting and why the championship game will be one for the games.
The Huskies are a true Cinderella story and they will make this game very interesting. They are one of the best free throw shooting teams in the tournament and perhaps the country. The Huskies are shooting a scorching 86.7 percent from the free throw line in their five victories which is the exact opposite of the Wildcats, who haven’t won any tournament game by more than seven points despite opponents shooting an awful 70.1 percent when it comes to free throws during the tournament.
The Wildcats however are used to tough games in this tournament as they have faced the best. Kentucky perhaps took the toughest road to the Final Four in history by defeating undefeated Wichita State before knocking off the 2013 National Championship Finalists in Louisville and Michigan before beating Wisconsin in the semifinal. The Wildcats are 7th in the nation in rebounding and for the third straight game will be facing a school well outside of the Top 150 in the 165th ranked Huskies. With a +42 rebounding margin it is no wonder that the Wildcats rebounding is a well talked about factor. That size advantage will be a tough thing for the Huskies to overcome.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends reveal that both teams have positive wagering angles in this game. The Wildcats are 7-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 8 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and they are on an amazing 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games. The Huskies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when taking the court against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 26-10 ATS in their last 36 neutral site games and an astonishing 14-3 ATS in their last 17 NCAA Tournament games.
Kentucky is very talented and big, but they are also sloppy and unable to pull away for big victories. The Huskies have momentum and one of the best players in the country. That along with tough defense and steady free throw shooting will bring a title to Connecticut.
Free Pick: UConn Huskies
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