NCAA Basketball Championship: 5 Proposition Bets for Kentucky vs. Kansas
The most renowned and largest sports book on the entire planet, the LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) SuperBook has just posted several proposition bets for Monday night’s NCAA Championship game in New Orleans between Kansas University and the University of Kentucky.
Here are five I think are worth taking a look at, and possibly throwing a dollar or two on...
Will Kentucky and Kansas Score over 138.5 Points?
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Both teams played less than stellar games in advancing to the championship, and I expect a better offensive performance in the Superdome on Monday night.
Kentucky has six players averaging over 10 PPG and all of them will want to show NBA scouts and the nation how much game they have.
Thomas Robinson of Kansas is in the country’s top three players and will do everything possible to keep his Jayhawks in the game, although he should have trouble scoring against Kentucky’s big front line.
BET: Kentucky-Kansas OVER 138.5 points. (-110)
Will Kentucky Score 10 Points First?
Kentucky will jump out of the gates and as mentioned previously, has more firepower to get easy shots from the outside as well as inside with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrance Jones and Superman Anthony Davis.
I see Kentucky leading early, about 10-5 or 10-4, so laying the -140 juice to win a bet early in the game is the prescription here.
BET: Kentucky to score the game’s first 10 points. (-140)
Will Tyshawn Taylor Have over or under 4.5 Assists?
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The role of a point guard is to distribute and Taylor can do just that. With Robinson and Jeff Withey, Taylor has two pretty good guys that can help him get at least five assists in this last game of the college basketball season.
BET: Tyshawn Taylor OVER 4.5 assists. (-110)
Will Kentucky Score More Than 71.5 Points?
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This should be a fast-paced, high-scoring game with all the marbles at stake. Although the total (138.5) for the game is right on, I see John Calipari's Kentucky side strutting its stuff to put a cherry on top of its memorable season.
Kansas will do its best, but the Wildcats have six guys averaging over 10 points per game, including the unheralded Darius Miller and Kyle Wiltjer, who can fill it up from the outside himself.
Kentucky should score between 72 and 83 points on Monday night.
BET: Kentucky OVER 71.5 points. (-110)
Will Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Score over 12.5 Points?
As the projected No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft should he come out, (rumors suggest he will despite his denial) Kidd-Gilchrist is a beast. The only reason he doesn’t get more attention nationally is because he’s on the same team as the top player in the country, Anthony Davis.
I foresee Kidd-Gilchrist scoring between 14-21 points in the big game, so this would be my best bet of the five mentioned. In short, this Kidd can score...
BET: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist OVER 12.5 points (-120) BEST BET
Here are some other proposition bets being offered by the LVH SuperBook:
KANSAS PLAYER PROPS
Will Thomas Robinson score 17.5 points? (Under -120)
Will Thomas Robinson have Over/Under 10 rebounds? (-110)
Will Thomas Robinson shoot four free throws? (Under -120).
Will Tyshawn Taylor score Over/Under 15 points? (-110)
Will Jeff Withey have Over/Under 13.5 total points and rebounds? (-110)
KENTUCKY PLAYER PROPS
Will Anthony Davis score Over 16 points? (-120).
Will Anthony Davis have 10.5 rebounds? (Over -120).
Will Doron Lamb score Over 13.5 points? (Over -120).
Will Marquis Teague have Over/Under five assists? (-110)
OTHER PROPOSITION BETS
Will Kansas score Over 65.5 points? (-110)
Will either team lead by more than 13.5 points? (-110)
Will Kentucky score the first five points? (-125)
Will Kentucky score the first 15 points? (-155)
Will Kentucky score the first 20 points? (-175)
Which team will hit the first three-pointer? (-110 either side)
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Kentucky 82 Kansas 69
SOURCE: LVH SuperBook
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Kevin Stott has been a sportswriter for Suburban Life and Press Publications in Chicago, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers and Gaming Today in Sin City. He bleeds UNLV scarlet and gray when he’s not busy bleeding Chelsea blue and changing his cat Saki's litter box.