College Basketball Daily Selection
By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2013-14 final regular season record: 34-27-1, Percentage: 56%
2013-14 tournament record: 4-5-1. Percentage: 45%
Monday, April 7, 2014
KENTUCKY (29-10) VS. CONNECTICUT (31-8), 9:10 PM (ET)
This year's final four included three teams that were 12-6 in their own
conference: the SEC, AAC, and Big Ten. The other club was a perfect 18-0 but
that squad, Florida, was beaten by Connecticut, the 12-6 club in the AAC.
Kentucky was 12-6 in the SEC and lost three times to Florida. However, the
Wildcats already took on a team in Wisconsin that defeated Florida and they
got past the Badgers, 74-73, on Saturday night.
For all the negative talk about the placement of teams in the AAC by the
selection committee, one club has reached the Championship Game while another
did the same in the NIT Tournament. Connecticut has reeled off five wins (and
five covers) in the NCAA Tourney despite being favored in just one of them.
The big difference between this game and the one against Florida is that the
Huskies were familiar with the Gators since they played and beat them earlier
in the season. The last time they played Kentucky was in the Final Four three
years ago and they got the best of the Wildcats, 56-55. However, the two teams
are very different in 2014, especially Kentucky, so all Connecticut can go on
Kentucky has reached this point with miraculous finishes which include the
last four games decided by a combined 11 points. One of the victories came
over Louisville a team the 'Cats beat twice while Connecticut lost to the
Cardinals three times. That's very similar to how Kentucky went 0-3 versus
Florida but the Huskies beat the Gators twice.
Connecticut is the more experienced team while Kentucky has the size edge.
Expect a very tight game, one that will probably come down to the final
minute. If the Wildcats score somewhere in the upper 60s to low 70s and the
winner takes the game by two or three points, then the game should go over the
total so that is where the play lands.
SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take over 134 points.
THE TRENDS REPORT
Kentucky is 5-0 SU and 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games
Connecticut is 5-0 both SU and ATS in its last five games
Connecticut is 2-0 both SU and ATS the last two meetings