Midwest Region: Wofford vs Kentucky Prediction
Wofford vs Kentucky Preview
This is what March Madness is all about. An underdog small school Wofford matching up with national powerhouse Kentucky–one will advance to the Sweet 16.
“I don’t think I’m going to change my approach too much,” said Wofford senior guard Fletcher Magee, the ‘new’ NCAA’s all-time leader in three-point baskets. “I think that teams in our league have played us for a long time and done some things. I’m sure teams that haven’t seen us are looking at what they can do and strategy-wise and stuff.”
The Terriers are coming into this matchup hotter than any other, sporting a 21-game winning streak and a player who shoots like Steph Curry. Magee set the NCAA mark for three-point baskets in the first tournament game, hitting seven to give him 509 for his career.
Wofford won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in five tries in turning aside Seton Hall 84-68. The Terriers have embraced some of the attention.
“The hype has built the past couple months of the season, so we’ve kind of gotten used to it in a way,” senior center Matthew Pegram said.
The Terriers are no stranger to SEC opponents, having faced two this season–winning at South Carolina and falling at Mississippi State.
“We know what’s in front of us,” Wofford coach Mike Young said. “I’ve got a really good team, and we’re excited to be here.”
Kentucky walloped Abilene Christian 79-44 in the first round–and that was without their leading scorer and rebounder, P.J. Washington. The 6-foot-8 sophomore who had his left foot in a cast from an injury sustained in last week’s Southeastern Conference tournament, is questionable for the matchup against Wofford.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said the medical experts said Washington’s healing would be faster if the foot was in a cast. He said the situation would be re-evaluated by the end of the day Friday to determine Washington’s availability.
“This has always been a dream of mine playing college basketball, to be in the tournament and advance deep in it,” Travis said. “This is the first step.”
Travis missed time this winter, and the Wildcats might be able to take what they learned from that situation to help in the tournament.
“I feel like with my injury a couple weeks back, guys had to step up and fit into different roles and really just build their confidence,” Travis said.
LINE: -5 Kentucky
Dan’s Bet: +5 Wofford
Bracket Pick: Kentucky
I desperately want to pick Wofford to win outright, but that’s more the fan inside of me than the bettor. I do believe Wofford has a real chance to win, especially if Washington doesn’t play–but the spread was shockingly close at five points.
Score Prediction: Kentucky 77 Wofford 75