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Coming into this season, the Kentucky Wildcats were said to have had the best recruiting class possibly in the history of college basketball. The hype was enough to spring the Wildcats into the preseason No.1 ranking. But as the season got going, it was clear that this young Kentucky team wasn’t quite ready. Little did we know, they were just getting it all together to peak at the right time.
Kentucky will face Wisconsin on Saturday in the second Final Four matchup of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. While the Wildcats might be a No.8 seed, with wins over defending national champion Louisville, and national runner up Michigan, Kentucky has certainly proved that they are one of the best teams in college basketball.
In Wisconsin, the Wildcats will run into the juggernaut of the Big Ten. The Badgers are a No.2 seed, fresh off of a win over No.1 seed Arizona in the Elite 8. Wisconsin is a team that can score with Kentucky. They are big, they are strong, and they are very well coached with Bo Ryan making his first appearance in the Final Four.
Despite the disparity in seeding, oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook are looking at the tournament performances and tossing numbers out the window. Kentucky is set as a two-point favorite over Wisconsin on Bovada’s Final Four betting lines. This is the first time that Kentucky has been favored since their opening game. They were underdogs to Wichita State, Louisville, and Michigan, covering the point spread obviously in all of those.
What the Wildcats have had over the other teams during their Final Four run has been rebounding. Don’t expect that to be the case with Wisconsin though. The Wildcats have made a living off of second and third chance points. If they are able to continue this trend, we could see them in the national championship.
Wisconsin is fine with the underdog role, and actually might even embrace it. Being this highly seeded over their opponent and being considered the underdog is a bit of a slap in the face and should help out on the bulletin board.
Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky will be a mismatch for Kentucky as well. If the Wildcats put Julius Randle or one of their other big guys on him, they will have to go out to guard him and and Kaminsky can take it to the hoop and try to create foul trouble.
Of course Kentucky presents matchup problems as well. They are very big and very athletic, led by the Harrison brothers. Aaron Harrison has come up huge for the Wildcats, hitting the game-winning three-pointer with only seconds remaining in the Michigan game. Randle has been big as well on the offensive and defensive glass.
This game could be one of the best we’ve seen. Both teams have proven that they belong in the mix and have earned their way to this point.
For more betting information on this game, LatestBettingOdds.com has displayed a Bovada matchup preview below.