Stuckey: How I’m Betting Kentucky-Auburn and Duke-Michigan State
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- We have two more NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games on tap Sunday: Kentucky is a 4.5-point favorite vs. Auburn, while Duke is a 2-point favorite vs. Michigan State.
- Stuckey runs through the angles he's eyeing in both games.
Anyone else still on Cloud 9 after that Virginia-Purdue game last night?
Condolences if you had Purdue +4.5 or Boilermaker futures. We’ll be talking about that one for a long time.
For the moment, though, let’s turn our attention to Sunday’s Elite 8 games — Kentucky vs. Auburn and Duke vs. Michigan State.
Here’s how I’m betting both contests.
#2 Kentucky vs. #5 Auburn: NCAA Tournament Betting Odds
- Spread: Kentucky -4.5
- Over/Under: 141
- Location: Kansas City, Mo.
- Date: Sunday, March 31
- Time: 2:20 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
The under is 7-2 in Kentucky games in the month of March, including 3-0 so far in the tournament.
I think you have to go back to the well with another Kentucky under here. Historically, Elite 8 games have played very slow compared to the rest of the tourney, sans the national title, as teams get a little tighter with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
This is where the experience differential could favor Auburn. Kentucky is the third-youngest team in the country, while Auburn has a roster with top 40 experience.
But I really like this under for a few big reasons.