The Kentucky Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies, both underdogs in their semifinal games, will make an appearance in the championship of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Wildcats beat previously unbeaten Washington while unranked Connecticut outlasted a sloppy Michigan State team. There should be an electric atmosphere inside the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday night.
The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off of an outstanding season in which they made the Elite 8 and sent a bevy of players (5) to the NBA first round. With that said, expectations of an Elite Eight appearance may be too heavy, but UK did bring in another host of top-notch recruits. Terrance Jones, a freshman from Seattle, is leading the team in points and rebounds and has looked like a man-child thus far. He’s on pace to be first-team all-Maui and could be the MVP with yet another outstanding performance.
Connecticut has Kemba Walker. He had 40 points in their game leading up to Maui and hit a dagger to sink highly-rated Michigan State yesterday. He’s an elite athlete with a dead-eye jumper to go along with outstanding quickness. If he can keep doing what he has, then Connecticut could surprise their way to a Maui title.
Connecticut vs Kentucky Betting Odds and Prediction:
Spread Prediction: Kentucky, as of late, is no stranger to elite, young talent. It has certainly been on display this year through Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb. The three have played major, major minutes in Kentucky’s first few games. How will they hold up against this UCONN team? Experts would say Kentucky has more talent and that would be the case. But, something about the way Kemba Walker has started the season for Connecticut, coupled with the post play of Alex Oriakhi, is a prevailing hope. I like Connecticut in a very, very tight game amongst two of the college games best coaches with UCONN’s Jim Calhoun getting the edge.
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