Welcome back to the 2nd edition of Morning Juice. As a reminder, I will be previewing 4 games, which includes what ever game Kentucky is playing. Throughout this series, I will give you gambling options, which I killed last week by going 5-1. If you don’t believe me, check it out right here. https://soft7sports.com/2019/01/26/morning-juice/
So buckle in, let’s get started.
Let’s start in Carolina where we have NC State going up against Virginia Tech. This game may be one of the most overrated matchups in the history of college basketball. NC State is so inconsistent and the fact that they are still ranked is just silly. But here we are, and they’re coming off their best game in a while. They lost by one against Virginia and before that they hit a buzzer beater against Clemson. So mediocrity at its finest. As for Virginia Tech, I hate them too. I absolutely hate how they get blown out by North Carolina by 21, but then can beat all the minuscule teams in the ACC. I’m not going to harp on this game too much, but Virginia Tech +2. I think NC State loses 70-54.
In Louisville, we have one of the most underrated teams in all of college basketball. Chris Mack has this team playing like they were in 2013, but this time hopefully without the strippers and the pending FBI investigation. Wait, I think they’re still under investigation, so never mind. But anyway, Louisville is playing amazing right now and most of it comes from Ryan McMahon. The six foot guard has been on a tear this season, averaging 7.7 points per game and is lethal from 3 point range. The Cards also get some of their help from Jordan Nwora who leads the team in points per game as well as rebounds per game. North Carolina has also been improving. After they got walloped by Kentucky, they then went on to lose to Louisville, at home, by 21. So this game, in a way, is a revenge game for UNC. I really do not think the outcome will be much different. I think Louisville wins this game down the stretch. I think it will be close due to Luke Maye and Cameron Johnson. I think Louisville wins 78-74. So I would take Louisville +1.5.
What a rough week for Kansas. After they jumped out to a 10 point lead at Kentucky, they have been embarrassed. Normally, I’d take Kansas, easily, especially at home, but this game concerns me. Kansas has not been themselves as of late, mainly because they lost Azubuike, but this team looks lost. Take that mixed in with the defense of Texas Tech, this will be a heck of a ballgame. Dedric Lawson will have to be a beast. He’ll have to above and beyond and probably get 25 and 15 for Kansas to have a chance. Texas Tech is allowing 58 points per game, so automatically the under is being taken. TAKE THE UNDER 133, it will hit. Cheering for the under is awful, but with the way both of these teams have been playing it will be ugly. I will take Kansas -3.5 and make sure you take the under 133. Texas Tech loses 67-60.
Kentucky has been unreal as of late and most of it comes from their Sophomore, PJ Washington and their freshman Ashton Hagans. Kentucky has looked unbeatable, which is what is scary. Under Calipari, Kentucky has always been able to turn it around but never this quick. Kentucky always struggles at Florida too. This game has the opportunity to be very good, but it also scares me a little. This Florida team is scrappy. KeVaughn Allen is their leading scorer and is shooting 38% from three, which will turn into him hitting 10 3’s, we all know the drill. Kevarrius Hayes is an athletic big, which may give Reid some issues. In order for Kentucky to win this game, they need to win the rebounding battle as well as shut down KeVaughn. KeVaughn could give Kentucky some issues but if Ashton Hagans can keep him in check, Kentucky wins this game easily. I think they do win, 73-61. So I would take Kentucky -3 and the over 129.
Like I said, 5-1 last week. If you want to win some money, bet these locks.