Date/Time: March 30, 2014, 5:05 p.m. EST
The 2014 NCAA tournament has become a personal playground for Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Calipari if often criticized for recruiting one and done college basketball players with NBA talent, but you cannot argue with his success. The young players of Kentucky are on another roll in the tournament and after knocking off their rivals, the No. 1 seeded Louisville Cardinals, the Wildcats will have to refocus and get ready for the second seed in the Midwest Region, the Michigan Wolverines. The winner of this Elite Eight game will move to play in the Final Four.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Wildcats listed as (-2.5) point favorites. This shows just how vital the win over the Cardinals was and how much it meant to the college basketball odds makers who set this betting line. The early betting is coming in on the Wildcats and this point spread could easily move so make sure to check the latest line at the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Wildcats are a very good team, but they are very young. The Wildcats, who are aiming to become just the second No. 8 seed to reach the Final Four since 2001, boast a starting lineup that features five freshmen and while that could cause some problems, they are very, very talented. The Wolverines and Wildcats have met twice before in the NCAA tournament. The more recent matchup came in the 1993 national semifinal, won by Michigan 81-78. Although both teams are dramatically different they are still loaded with talent and should produce an entertaining game. The winner will face the West representative – No. 1 Arizona Wildcats or No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers – in the Final Four next Saturday.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have some very positive wagering angles backing them in this game. The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when they face off against a team with a winning straight up record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games. The Wolverines are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning straight up record and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games.
The Wildcats are getting a lot of attention after the big win against the Cardinals and that has caused a big shift in the betting on this game. The Wolverines are the No. 2 seed for a reason and they will be able to hold off the Wildcats and get the win in this game.
Free Pick: Michigan Wolverines +2.5
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