(30-2, 16-14 ATS)
(25-7, 13-15-1 ATS)
There are only two days left in the college basketball wagering season, and the SEC will take center stage on Saturday afternoon in the Music City, where the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats will meet for the third time this year. HC Bruce Pearl’s club has already been through two grueling games in the SEC Tournament, winning over LSU 59-49 and Ole Miss 76-65, while Kentucky survived a big scare from Alabama, but came away with a 73-67 win to advance to the semifinals.
The #2 team in the country has to be questioning whether it’s even remotely worth it to try to win the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats already know that they’re either going to be the #1 seed in the East or South Regions, and they have very little to nothing to prove to the rest Selection Committee. Still, G John Wall is coming off of a game in which he played like a lunatic, scoring 23 points and bringing in seven boards. F DeMarcus Cousins is going to want a better showing than what he put forth on Friday afternoon, as he only scored seven points in 26 minutes of action, as he was limited due to foul trouble.
Give the Volunteers all the credit in the world. They could’ve just folded up tent and called it a season when G Tyler Smith was kicked off the team, but they’re inventing new ways to win and have marched all the way to the semifinals in their conference tournament, albeit of the relatively weak SEC. F Wayne Chism came to play on Friday, scoring 16 points and bringing down a stellar 15 boards in the ‘W’ over Ole Miss. It was his second double-double of this tournament after record just one double-double in his L/10 leading up to that point.
The only thing that Kentucky may want to prove in this game is that it can get some revenge for that defeat on Rocky Top suffered earlier this season. However, HC John Calipari is a smart man, and he knows what it takes to win the NCAA Tournament. No one is going to ask whether or not his team went 1-2 or 2-1 against Tennessee in the regular season if he wins the National Championship. Tennessee has a great history in this tournament, playing in the finals last season. Look for the Volunteers to make a second straight trip to the SEC title game by dismissing the Cats.
Selection: Tennessee Volunteers
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