No. 1 Kentucky Tries to Roll TideFri, 16 Jan 2015 01:18
There’s no doubt about it: the Kentucky Wildcats own the 2014-2015 college basketball season. They’ve already rattled off 16 straight wins at 9-7 ATS, becoming the runaway March Madness favorites at even money. They’ll try to keep the good times rolling this Saturday (4:00 PM ET, ESPN) when they visit the Alabama Crimson Tide. Wildcats head coach John Calipari is easily one of the top recruiters in the sport. This year’s crop of UK freshmen is loaded with talent, including 6-foot-11 forward Karl-Anthony Towns (27.3 PER), who’s putting up 17.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per 40 minutes. Towns and 7-foot junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein (27.5 PER) give Kentucky the top defense in Division I, according to Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency stats. The under is 12-4 when the Wildcats play. The Crimson Tide (12-4 SU, 8-5-1 ATS) have played some good basketball this year, and while they had their six-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday by the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Tide still cashed in as 4-point road dogs in a competitive 68-66 loss. However, Alabama will be at a serious height disadvantage in Saturday’s matchup. The under might be the right play here after going 5-1 in Alabama’s past six games.