College Basketball Picks: Buffalo Bulls vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Buffalo Bulls vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Sunday, 11/16/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kentucky -27.5
Current Betting Line:  Kentucky -30.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Kentucky Wildcats are the top-ranked team in the country
The Kentucky Wildcats are the top-ranked team in the country

Buffalo picked up a 69-67 season-opening win over South Dakota State as 3.5-point home favorites last Friday, as it prepares to face one of the nation’s premiere programs for the first time.  Bulls point point Lamonte Bearden became the first freshman to start the season-opener for the school since the 2005-06 campaign, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  It’s important to point out that the squad will be playing six games over the first 16 days of the 2014-15 season.   Buffalo is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points over that last two-plus campaigns.

The Bulls will be led by senior Will Regan in this matchup, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds, as he was named preseason All-MAC and happens to be the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder.  Buffalo is hoping to build off a successful first year under Bobby Hurley, as he finished 2013-14 with a .655 win percentage, which was the fourth-best mark in the country amongst head coaches in their first year with their respective squads.

Kentucky is now 92-19 SU all-time in season openers and a perfect 6-0 under the direction of John Calipari in that situation, as it comes off a 85-45 victory over Grand Canyon College as 30.5-point home favorites.  The Wildcats have won 19 of their last 21 contests as the AP’s top-ranked team.  Sophomore guard Andrew Harrison paced the team with 16 points in 23 minutes of action last time out, while the defense allowed just six field goals and forced 13 turnovers in the first half.  Kentucky is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS as home favorites of 24.5 to 30 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats have the capability to win all of their games heading into March Madness, especially since Calipari has compiled a 63-9 SU mark as the top-ranked coach in the country.  Kentucky returned 59 percent of its scoring and 54 percent of its rebounding from a squad that reached the Final Four a year ago.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 8-1-1 ATS mark in their last 10 games overall.

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