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Yet again, head coach John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats failed at the SEC Tournament.  Kentucky lost their only SEC Tournament game to the Vanderbilt Commodores.  While Vanderbilt is a legitimate NCAA Tournament threat, they remain a disdained March Madness betting brand.  More emphatically, the perception is far worse and more relevant than reality.  On the whole, the 2022-23 season was another disappointing campaign for Calipari and the Wildcats.  At the onset of the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky will draw casual sector action based on its blue blood name brand.

Providence Friars vs. Kentucky Wildcats Information

Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
TV Coverage: CBS

Providence Friars vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds

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Providence vs. Kentucky CashBet Wagering Analysis

At the beginning of best sportsbook online action, Kentucky’s name brand was irresistible to casual gamblers.  The Wildcats opened as a public betting favorite.  Cause by the respective branding of the two schools.  But Providence was better this season when it comes to actual wagering value.

Is Providence Running Out of Steam?

Overall, the Providence Friars are 21-10 straight up, 18-13 against the spread, and 17-14 over/under the total.  Providence has national rankings of 36th for scoring offense, 90th for field goal percentage, 114th for 3-point field goal percentage, 68th for free throw percentage, and 25th for offensive rebounding.  In turn, on defense, Providence has national rankings of 220th for scoring defense, 202nd for field goal percentage permitted, 161st for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 80th for defensive rebounding.

Providence failed to cover four of its final five games.  The Friars went over the 2023 March Madness Betting total in six of their last seven outings.  Namely, Bryce Hopkins leads Providence with 16.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.  Providence finished 5th in the Big East standings, four games behind champion Marquette.

Kentucky Burns Bankrolls With False Promise

To summarize, the Kentucky Wildcats are 21-10 straight up, 15-15-1 against the spread, and 19-12 over/under the total.  Kentucky has national rankings of 106th for scoring offense, 96th for field goal percentage, 89th for 3-point field goal percentage, 219th for free throw percentage, and 13th for offensive rebounding.  While on defense, Kentucky has national rankings of 107th for scoring defense, 115th for field goal percentage permitted, 115th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 12th for defensive rebounding.

Late on, Kentucky got the money in six of their last eight games.  The Wildcats went over the bet on NCAA basketball total in three of their most recent five games.  Kentucky finished 3rd in the SEC standings, four games behind the champion Alabama Crimson Tide.  Oscar Tshiebwe leads the Wildcats with 16.5 points and 13.1 rebounds per contest.

Ezra Manjon scored 25 points, and Vanderbilt jolted No. 23 Kentucky.  To show, the Commodores rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat the Wildcats 80-73 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Fourth-seeded Kentucky appeared ready to cruise early with a 10-0 run going up 14-4.  But Vanderbilt never blinked despite making only one field goal in the final 6:29.  The Commodores beat Kentucky by going 18 of 20 at the free throw line.  In comparison, Kentucky was 11 of 20.  Tyrin Lawrence and Wright each had 18 points for Vanderbilt.  Antonio Reeves led Kentucky with 22 points.  Jacob Toppin had 21 points and 11 rebounds.  While Oscar Tshiebwe had 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Vandy took control, scoring the final 12 points of the first half.  In turn, Colin Smith gave them the lead for good at 36-34 with 32.2 seconds left in the first half.  Smith sank a pair of free throws after a Flagrant one on Tschiebwe. Vandy led 39-34 at halftime.

The Wildcats were the last team to take the court at this tournament, an event Kentucky has won a league-best 32 times.  Yet Kentucky leaves looking for its first tournament title since 2018.

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As mentioned earlier, Kentucky has become all hat and no cattle as a 2023 March Madness Betting value. 

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