Welcome back to Morning Juice where I am now a combined 13-10-1. I did a special edition on Tuesday, I went 2-4. Everyone has a bad day, so hand up. But, bad days lead to an amazing day so let’s keep it going.
We’ll start again up in Ann Arbor where Maryland comes in having just knocked off a ranked Purdue team at home. Michigan has been playing poorly as of late, while Maryland has been striving. These two have not played yet this year but I think it will be an unreal game. Maryland averages around 73 points a game while giving up 64 points. Michigan scores around 70, while giving up 57. I think Maryland will be trapped into playing Michigan’s style and it will be a defensive struggle. For Maryland, Anthony Cowan Jr. and Bruno Fernando are the two most important pieces. If they can get going early, I like their chances. But I think Michigan’s Charles Matthews will lead them to another victory here. I’ll take Michigan 67-58. So I would take Michigan -6 and the under 130.
This will be another under the radar game. The last time these two played, Kansas State won in the final seconds at Iowa State. That game was absolutely insane. If the under is set at anything in the 140s, take the under. The last time they played was 68-67 and the under hit. I would take the under during this game because it is set at 134. As for the game, Barry Brown Jr will have to go off if Kansas State wants to win. However (Stephen A voice), I really like Iowa State in this game. I went back and forth on this game all week, but I’ll settle with Iowa State +2.5 and the under 134.
Prayers up that this game is a lot like the 2013 one shown above, where NC State stunned the Blue Devils 84-76 when NC State was #20 and Duke was #1. Duke is coming off a huge come from behind win against Louisville on the road, so I would expect a slow start from them. The main question is whether or not NC State will take advantage of that slow start or not. My guess, they won’t. I think Zion will have a career game here and might get a triple double. I think Duke rolls, easily 84-61. Take NC State +17 though.
Last Tuesday, Kentucky’s win streak came to an end due to an unfortunate call at the end of the game. The Wildcats need to bounce back in the biggest of ways as #1 heads into town. This game will come down to PJ and Keldon. Tennessee will use Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield like they never have before and if PJ doesn’t show up, it’s over. As for Keldon, Keldon needs to go off. We need the old Keldon that we all knew and loved to come back and have the game of his SEC career. Keldon needs to get going early and go right at Schofield or Williams. The quicker Kentucky gets them out of the game, the better. If Keldon and PJ play their best game, it will come down to one player….Nick Richards. Richards is going to have some key moments in this game. Against LSU, he did absolutely nothing but in this game he needs to show up and do his usual 8 rebounds. If Richards is playing like he should, this will give PJ some much needed rest. As for the game, Hagans needs to be aggressive. He has slipped recently, but I think he comes up big. Tennessee beat Kentucky at Rupp last season, so I do not think it happens again. The spread is Kentucky -2.5 but I would just sprinkle the Kentucky moneyline. But, Kentucky wins 74-70.
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Categories: NCAA Basketball