NCAA Tournament Betting Preview: Elite 8 – Auburn Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats – Sunday, March 31, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2:20 PM
Venue: Sprint Center
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Point Spread: Kentucky Wildcats -4
Betting Total: 142
The Auburn Tigers and the Kentucky Wildcats will face off on Sunday Afternoon, March 31, 2019 in a Elite 8 contest in March Madness with the winner moving on to the Final Four!
This game is being played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 2:20 PM Eastern Standard Time on CBS.
BetDSI has set the point spread for this game at Kentucky Wildcats -4 and put the betting total for Over/Under plays at 142 points.
The Auburn Tigers are showing time and time again that they can compete with the historically great teams in College Hoops. The Tigers advanced to the Elite 8 by knocking off the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Sweet 16. The Tigers won the game in dominating fashion, by the score of 97-80.
The Tigers and Tar Heels played a close first half and the Tigers were up by 2-points at halftime but in the second half, Auburn poured it on! They ended up beating the Tar Heels 56-41 in the second half in scoring to win the game by 17-points.
The Tar Heels were not the first team that the Tigers knocked off that are considered College Basketball greatness! In the second round, the Tigers went up against the Kansas Jayhawks, who are another one of College Basketball’s historical great teams.
The Tigers beat Kansas by 14-points, winning the game 89-75 to advance to the Sweet 16. They were led by Bryce Brown in that game, who put up 25 points on the board.
Auburn now gets to attempt in pulling off the hattrick of sorts when it comes to the great teams in College Basketball when they face the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday.
The Kentucky Wildcats had their hands full on Friday Night against the Houston Cougars in the Sweet 16. The Wildcats beat the Cougars but it was a very close game, winning the game by the score of 62-58.
In the second round, the Wildcats got past Wofford Terriers by the score of 62-56 and in the initial round of the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats displaced Abilene Christian 79-44.
Kentucky has now won 10 out of their last 12 games, with their only 2 losses coming against Tennessee Volunteers. The Wildcats showed on Friday that they are a deep team. They had 8 players score on Friday Night against the tough defense of Houston and most importantly winning the battle on the glass, getting 34 rebounds compared to Houston’s 21 rebounds.
Auburn Stays Hot, Upsets Kentucky
Auburn is hot and they have a ton of momentum on their side. They are not only winning games but they are beating much tougher teams than what we have seen Kentucky struggle with. Auburn is shooting the ball from all over the court and finding success from nearly everywhere on the court. They can shoot the ball from the perimeter and also from the inside in the paint.
They are going speed up the pace of the game, similar to what we seen with North Carolina and I expect they will pull off the upset over Kentucky!