NCAA Basketball Picks: Kentucky's Top Recruits to Easily Outplay Boston University

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:55 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 3:55 PM UTC

Kentucky are once again the #1 team in the nation. Next on the schedule is the Boston University Terriers. See who we like as our NCAA basketball pick in this matchup.

Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. EST tonight at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. This game can be seen on ESPN 3. According to NCAA Basketball odds, the Wildcats are a 24.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 147.5. This is one of those games that I put into the category of it's not a matter of who wins the game, it's a matter of how many points will Kentucky win by and will garbage time have an influence in this game when Kentucky has it well in hand? Let's check what are the best NCAA Basketball picks for tonight.


Head Coach, John Calipari
If a kid isn't looking for an education such as Duke University, this is the man that all of the freshman recruits turn to as he's the best recruiter out there hands down. No coach works harder than him and for the most part, he's been a big success.

He wasn't a great head coach when he coached the New Jersey Nets, but this is the king of recruiters and that means that Kentucky will always be highly ranked and one of the toughest teams to beat in the country. 

The problem with the one and done players is that there are so many of them, there's nobody that's going to be a 20 point per game scorer as so many guys need to fit into the rotation. Thus far, it's worked well this season as Kentucky defeated Duke, 74-63 and that's as big a win as it gets.

The typical Kentucky teams are kids that aren't polished offensively, are poor at shooting free throws (except for the returning players), and are some of the best atheles in college basketball.


Tyler Ulis
I'm going to give a returning player some love as Ulis was a big part of Kentucky's 38-0 run last season. Once he got into a game, he wouldn't come out as Calipari knew that he could rely on Ulis for leadership and stability.

Thus far this season, Ulis has taken more of a leading role as he's 2nd on the team in scoring at 14 points and also averages 4.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Furthermore, he's a player that will come in handy in crucial situations as he's an 87.5 % free throw shooter. He's not the player with the most potential. He's the equivalent to what Quinn Cook was for Duke last season and he can't be overlooked.

Top recruit, Skal Labissiere, has gotten off to a somewhat slow start, but you can see the talent is there. He had a rough game against Duke, fouling out with just 7 points, but this kid isn't getting a ton of minutes. I look for his game to progress when he receives more playing time. Thus far, he's averaging 13.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in only 22 minutes per game. As I stated earlier, personal statistics aren't a big issue with Kentucky players as there will be frequent substitutions with the desire to have the players stay fresh and there are an abundance of stars on this team.


Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress
I could basically name every player on this team such as freshman Isaiah Briscoe, but 2 important players on this team are returnees Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress as this combination protects the glass along with Briscoe and they are seasoned veterans. This combination is 15.1 points and 15.5 rebounds collectively and that's just what Coach Calipari is looking for from this experienced duo.


John Papale
Where Boston University is concerned, they're dealing with suspensions and injuries to team leaders. One player that Kentucky will have to deal with is senior guard, John Papale. Papale is shooting a sizzling 51.4% from 3-point land and is averaging 17.8 points per game. He can't be taken lightly by the Kentucky defense or he will light them up and I do expect him to play well here as experience does matter.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Kentucky -24.5 at 5Dimes

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