Kentucky vs. Saint Peters 3/17/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
The Saint Peters Peacocks, Champions of the MAAC conference, face-off against Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of the Division I Men's basketball National Championship Tournament East Region. This game will have a tip off time of 7 PM Eastern and be available on CBS. The Kentucky Wildcats come into this game with a record on the season of 26–7, and lost in one of the semifinal games of the SEC tournament to Tennessee by the score of 69–62.
Saint Peters comes into this game with a record on the season of 19–11, and are the 15 seed in this match up winning the MAAC championship conference tournaments against Monmouth by the score of 60–54. Saint peters has won their last five consecutive games coming against Fairfield twice, Quinnipiac, and on the road against Manhattan by the score of 73–51.
Kentucky is led by Oscar Tshiebwe who is averaging 17 points on the season with a field goal percentage of 60.2%, and a free-throw percentage of 69.3%. Oscar is also the team leader for Kentucky in rebounds per game average in 15.1 on the year. 9.9 of those coming on the defensive glass.
Darrell Banks is the team leader for the Peacocks points per game averaging 11 on the season with a field goal percentage of 38.5%, and a free-throw percentage of 85.1%. Matthew Lee is the team leader in minutes per game averaging 23.1 on the season from the point guard position and is also averaging 2.9 assists.
This should be the easiest game of the tournament for the Kentucky Wildcats as Saint peters comes into this game averaging only 68.5 points per game on the season. The Kentucky Wildcats have beaten top ranked teams all season long and are currently averaging 76.5 points per game which is why we see the Wildcats advancing to the second round of the National Championship Tournament. Final Score Prediction: Kentucky Wildcats win 89-61.