Free NCAA Tournament Picks for Kentucky vs. Wichita State

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, March 22, 2014 2:51 PM GMT

The undefeated Wichita State Shockers take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Let our NCAA sports betting expert help you with your sports picks as he provides you with in depth analysis, and a free pick in this contest.

Intriguing Point-spread Conundrum

The #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats will take on the #1 seed and undefeated Wichita State Shockers in the 3rd round of the Midwest Regional on Sunday. The game will take place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri with the opening tip slated for 2:45 PM ET. According to NCAA Basketball odds Wichita State is a 3.0 point favorite and the posted total is 134.0.

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Shockers go for a Walk in the Park
As I anticipated, and indicated in my published article right here at SBR Forum , the Wichita State Shockers had no trouble with the #16 seed Cal Poly Mustangs in the 2nd round, and improved their record to 35-0 for the season. The Shockers hammered the Mustangs 64-37 and easily covered as a 16.5 point favorite. They held Cal Poly to an atrocious 21% shooting from the field and held a large 46-34 rebounding advantage. A couple of issues the Shockers may want to clean up was their free throw shooting, and cutting down on their turnovers. They were just 12-21 (57%) from the charity stripe and committed 13 turnovers in the win over Cal Poly.

 

A Huge Test for a Storied Program
The Kentucky Wildcats have been a bit inconsistent at times this season, but there’s no denying this is athletically gifted team, and has a plethora of talent. They disposed of Kansas State in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament 56-49, and covered as a 6.0 point favorite. Kentucky was able to advance in large part due to their stellar defensive play. They were able to hold Kansas St. to just 36% shooting from the field while holding them under the 50-point mark. Kentucky was also dominant on the boards holding a large 40-28 advantage in that category. On a negative note, they shot just 38% from the field, 27% from beyond the three-point line, and turned the ball over 15-times. They will have to be much better in all of those categories on Sunday if they hope to knock off the top seed in the region.

 Best Sportsbooks to Bet the NCAA Tournament

NCAA Betting System
Any team (Wichita State) with a total of between 130.0 to 139.5 that’s led each of their last 3-games by 5-points or more at the half, versus an opponent that’s seen both teams score 65-points or less in each of their last 2-games, has seen 84 of those 126-games (66.7%) go under the total in the last 17 seasons. Bet the total for your college basketball picks.

NCAA Tournament Pick: Kentucky/Wichita State to go under the total of 134.0