Kentucky vs Houston Expert Predictions

Max Staley
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The No. 2-seed Kentucky Wildcats survived a scare against the No. 7-seed Wofford Terriers on Saturday, as the Wildcats now square off against the No. 3-seed Houston Cougars in the Sweet 16.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Kentucky is a 2.5-point favorite. But if you're thinking of placing a wager on this Sweet 16 matchup, you might want to check out what some of the experts are saying first.

Houston vs Kentucky Predictions

Sports Chat Place

The team at Sports Chat Place is picking the Cougars to cover as 2.5-point underdogs, but they aren't confident enough to pick Houston to pull off the upset win. Sports Chat Place is also predicting a high-scoring affair, despite Houston's Top-10 scoring defense that's allowing just 61.0 points per game (PPG).

College Football News

On the other hand, Pete Fiutak, of College Football News, is picking Kentucky to win outright, 68-65, and barely cover the spread. Fiutak believes free-throw shooting will be the deciding factor here, as Houston has a knack for fouling and Kentucky makes the eighth-most free throws per game (17.4) in the country.

ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

Finally, ESPN's BPI is giving Kentucky a 62.5 percent chance of advancing to the Elite 8 with a win here. These teams look pretty evenly matched on paper, but ESPN's BPI is giving the Wildcats a noticeable edge.

Overall, this appears to be a pretty divisive matchup. College Football News is picking Kentucky to come away with the victory and cover the spread, while Sports Chat Place is taking Houston with the points. ESPN is our tiebreaker, giving Kentucky a 62.5 percent chance of winning.

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