NCAA Tournament Preview: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Kentucky Wildcats

by Dirty on March 20, 2010

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Kentucky Wildcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at New Orleans Arena.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 9-point favorites versus the Demon Deacons, while the game’s total has not yet been posted.

Wake Forest scored in the dying seconds to give them a thrilling 81-80 victory over Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Wake Forest won the game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the teams played OVER the posted total of 148.5.

Ishmael Smith shot 8-for-20 from the field with 19 points, and Al.Farouq Aminu had 20 in the win.

Kentucky jumped out to a 23 point lead and went on to defeat East Tennessee State 100-71 in their first-round game on Thursday. Kentucky covered the 18.,5-point spread, and the combined score made it OVER the posted total of 134.5.

Micah Williams tossed in 19 points in leading the way.

Team records:
Wake Forest: 20-10 SU, 16-11 ATS
Kentucky: 33-2 SU, 18-15 ATS

Wake Forest most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Texas are 2-1
After a win are 5-5

Kentucky most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
Wake Forest is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Wake Forest is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

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