Kentucky vs. Wofford Betting Guide: Can Terriers Stay Hot Against Wildcats in NCAA Tournament?
Matt Stamey, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Fletcher Magee
#2 Kentucky vs. #7 Wofford NCAA Tournament Betting Odds
- Spread: Kentucky -5.5
- Over/Under: 141
- Date: Saturday, March 23
- Time: 2:40 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
- Location: Jacksonville, Fla.
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Kentucky (28-6) enjoyed an easy 79-44 win over Abilene Christian in the opening round of the tournament. The Wildcats won without their leading scorer, PJ Washington (14.8 ppg), who will also be out for this game with an injured ankle. The Wildcats moved to 18-15 against the spread with the cover in Round 1.
Wofford (30-4) defeated Seton Hall 84-68 in its first game. In that contest, senior Fletcher Magee broke the all-time NCAA record with his 505th 3-pointer. The Terriers are now 17-11 ATS, including an impressive 10-4 on the road.
Let’s take a look at which team will advance to the Sweet 16.
Can Kentucky Survive Again Without PJ Washington?
The Wildcats rolled in their first contest without Washington, but Wofford presents a much more difficult matchup. The Terriers rank 62nd in the country in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency and are also one of the few teams that can battle Kentucky on the offensive boards.
Wofford ranks 29th in the country in defensive rebounding percentage, which will limit one of Kentucky’s main offensive weapons. The Wildcats out-rebounded Abilene Christian 44-17, holding a 14-3 advantage on the offensive glass.
Wofford also excels at limiting its opponents’ efficiency from 3P, which becomes a bigger problem for Kentucky in the absence of Washington. The 3P efficiency for the Wildcats improved throughout the year to their current mark of 36.2% (85th in the country), but they only shot 28.6% (4-of-14) against ACU, which doesn’t defend the arc nearly as well as Wofford does.
The Terriers held opponents to 32.8% from 3P, which ranked 74th best in the country.
Kentucky will need a repeat performance from guard Keldon Johnson (13.8 ppg), who scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds in the opening round win.