Kentucky-Abilene Christian Betting Odds: Opening Spread, Analysis for 2019 NCAA Tournament

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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari.

#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Abilene Christian NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Kentucky -23
  • Over/Under: 132
  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Time: 7:10 p.m., ET
  • Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
  • TV: CBS

Kentucky’s Statistical Profile

At 26-5 overall and 15-3 in conference, Kentucky finished one game behind LSU in the regular season SEC standings. Interestingly, the Wildcats throttled the Tennessee Volunteers 86-69 at home, but lost to them 71-52 in Knoxville.

The two team’s met again in the SEC Tournament seminfinals, with Tennessee topping Kentucky, 82-78, in a thriller. Despite the loss, Kentucky remains among KenPom’s top eight team in the country and is certainly capable of making a deep run into April. — PJ Walsh

  • Record: 27-6
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 8
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 14
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 8
  • Tempo Rank: 260

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15


Abilene Christian’s Statistical Profile

After moving from DII to DI in 2013, Abilene Christian has made their first NCAA Tournament appearance by taking home the Southland Conference Title. Their best win of the season? I don’t know. They didn’t really have any despite a 26-6 record.

Ranked 152nd in the nation per KenPom’s adjusted efficiency ratings, the Wildcats were shellacked by Texas Tech in the only game against a legit opponent this year. With six straight wins heading into the tournament, they’re certainly hot at the right time, but it would be a Cinderella story for them to even come close to winning a game in the big dance this year. — Mark Gallant

  • Record: 27-6
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 145
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 186
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 119
  • Tempo Rank: 254

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15


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