Indiana vs Kentucky Picks, Spread, and Review

Indiana (27-8 SU/18-11 ATS) was actually lucky to advance in the tournament last Saturday with a 63-61 win over VCU as -6 point favorites.

Will Sheehey hit a jumper with 12.7 seconds to play and Indiana punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. Cody Zeller had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Christian Watford also had 16 points and added five boards for the fourth-seeded Hoosiers, who are looking for their first NCAA championship since 1987.

Indiana shot 52.2 percent in the game, including 6-of-13 from long range, while VCU made just 40.4 percent of its shots. Sheehey’s winning bucket was his only basket of the second half as he finished the game with eight points. Indiana dominated the glass, 36-23. VCU led 57-48 with 12:20 remaining in the game, but the Rams scored just four points the rest of the game, missing 13 of 15 shots, including all eight 3-point attempts.

Saturday’s win and the trip to the round of 16 is another milestone in head coach Tom Crean’s rebuilding job from the decimated program he inherited four years ago.

Kentucky (34-2 SU/13-21-1 ATS) comes off an 87-71 win over a good Iowa State team as -11½ point favorites. Marquis Teague poured in 24 points and dished out seven assists, and Kentucky used a big run in the second half to beat Iowa State and advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Darius Miller scored 19 points and Doron Lamb added 16 points for the top overall-seeded Wildcats. Anthony Davis played a key role with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky, which went 16-of-25 from the field in the second half. Kentucky led by as many as 24 down the stretch.

Lamb went 5-of-7 from three-point range, part of a 10-of-20 effort for the Wildcats. The last time Kentucky played Indiana in the NCAA Tournament was in 1983 when the Wildcats won, 64-59, in 1983 in a regional semifinal. The Hoosiers handed Kentucky its first loss of the season in dramatic fashion on Dec. 10 when Christian Watford nailed a three-pointer as time expired to give Indiana a stunning 73-72 victory.

Indiana is 8-1 ATS against non-conference foes, but the Hoosiers are 5-13-1 ATS in neutral site games and 1-5 ATS against SEC teams.

Indiana and Kentucky meet every season and the Wildcats have dominated the series over the years, going 9-3 ATS the last 12 meetings. Kentucky is 36-19 ATS when avenging a road loss, but the ‘Cats have been atrocious in non-conference games, going 1-11-1 ATS.

That aside, Kentucky has score to settle here and they should do it with a solid win and cover. Lay the points…

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