March Madness gambling excitement has returned to Lexington, KY with coach John Calipari taking the Wildcats to the Final Four with the March Madness odds in just his 2nd year on the job.
Kentucky and Calipari have proven to be a match made in heaven as the coach has been able to use the great basketball tradition of the program to lure what are known as “one and done” recruits who will move on to the National Basketball Association after just one year of school.
While one and done basketball may not be popular with purists such as Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight and may indeed be a sham on the college game it is perfectly legal and Calipari, to his credit, is one of the few coaches that aggressively takes advantage of the rule.
Kentucky began March Madness betting action with a very close call against Ivy League Champion Princeton 59-57 as 12.5 point favorites as the Wildcats were fortunate to escape. Darius Miller had 17 points to lead U of K while Josh Harrellson had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
In the round of 32 Kentucky scored a 71-63 bet on March Madness win over West Virginia as 3.5 point favorites. The Wildcats were led by Brandon Knight’s sensational performance in which he had a team high 30 points while Terrence Jones added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Sweet Sixteen round the Wildcats met up with the top seed of the tournament, Ohio State, and scored a 62-60 win as 5.5 point dogs. Harrellson led Kentucky with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Elite Eight rounds featured the classic matchup of Kentucky and North Carolina, two of the most tradition rich teams in all of college basketball. Kentucky was the superior squad in the matchup as they scored a 76-69 win and payout as 1 point chalks over the regular season champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Knight was again the key March Madness gambling asset with 22 points while 4 other Wildcats were in double figures.
Kentucky will take on Connecticut on Saturday in the Final Four as it’s another matchup of big time powers.