Xavier was victorious over Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament yesterday. Our record for March improves to an impressive, 9-3. Today, we look down South into an SEC match up that features two of the best younger players in college basketball, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
Matchup: 1:05 PM: #13 Tennessee Volunteers(25-7) vs. #2 Kentucky Wildcats(30-2)
John Wall’s heroic effort in the 2nd half yesterday propelled the Wildcats over the Alabama Crimson Tide, 73-67. Wall scored 23 points including a stretch of five straight points in the final three minutes to preserve the victory. The Wildcats only shot 1 for 13(7%) from three point land. The Vols posted an impressive 76-65 victory over the Mississippi Rebels on Friday. Wayne Chism recorded a double-double (16 points, 15 rebounds).
This game will be played in Nashville, so it will be on a neutral court. Geographically speaking, the Volunteers should have more fans in the house for this match-up.
In Kentucky’s earlier loss to Tennessee, the Wildcats shot only 2 for 22(8%) from behind the arc. On the season, the Wildcats have been shooting at 35% efficiency clip from three-point land. In games that Kentucky has lost or only won by 5 or fewer points, they have shot less than 25% from behind the arc. Kentucky has not had any issues out-rebounding opponents or winning the turnover battle.
With only two more wins before claiming an SEC Championship, look for the young Wildcats to come out motivated. UK for the Green.
The Pick: Kentucky Wildcats (30-2)
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March Record: 9-3
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