A 2022 NCAA Tournament battle is on tap between the No. 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s Peacocks at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Wildcats are 26-7 overall, while Saint Peter’s is 19-11 overall. Saint Peter’s advanced to the NCAA Tournament with wins over Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Monmouth last week.
The Wildcats are favored by 15.5 points in the latest Kentucky vs. Saint Peter’s odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 133.5. Before entering any Saint Peter’s vs. Kentucky picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Kentucky vs. Saint Peter’s spread: Kentucky -15.5
- Kentucky vs. Saint Peter’s over-under: 133.5 points
What you need to know about Kentucky
Kentucky has looked like a title contender throughout the season, with six of its seven losses coming against ranked opponents. The Wildcats closed the regular season with four wins in their final five games, losing a thriller at Arkansas at the end of February. They advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament last weekend, coming up short against Tennessee.
The Wildcats are led by SEC Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe, who is averaging 17.0 points and 15.1 rebounds per game. It has been a balanced effort for Kentucky though, as Tshiebwe has four teammates who are also scoring in double figures. The Wildcats have been excellent in the NCAA Tournament, covering the spread at a 6-2-2 clip in their last 10 games.
What you need to know about Saint Peter’s
Saint Peter’s got off to a terrible start this season, going 3-6 through its first nine games. The Peacocks were able to round into form down the stretch, winning four straight games to close the regular season. They picked up a pair of double-digit wins over Fairfield and Quinnipiac in the MAAC Tournament before getting past Monmouth in the title game.
This will be the first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011 for Saint Peter’s. Junior guard Daryl Banks III leads the team with 11.0 points per game, while senior forward KC Ndefo is adding 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. The Peacocks have covered the spread in 11 of their last 13 neutral site games.
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