William Hill Thursday Big Dance Trends and Odds
Thursday’s March Madness round-of-64 events met with some injury news this morning. No. 2 seed Kentucky will not play forward PJ Washington due to a sprained foot. The Wildcats are 20-plus point favorites without Washington in their first-round NCAA tournament game against Abilene Christian.
Mouse-ing through Twitter this morning found ‘Cats head coach John Calipari tweeting that the sprain was confirmed after Washington was seen by a specialist. Once it was determined that Washington would miss the game, he was put into a hard cast for precautionary reasons.
Kentucky Wildcats Injuries
Coach-speak is different from bench boss to bench boss. And Calipari is one of those coaches that is difficult to trust until official announcements are made by the school, rather than his staff. Coach Call told the media just yesterday that he expected Washington to play against Abilene Christian.
Washington was not with the team during its media session and shootaround Wednesday.
Washington, who was injured in an SEC tournament loss to Tennessee, had been in a protective boot since Sunday. And while any team, be it Kentucky or Ab-Christian aren’t as dependable without their leading scorer, this first round game is a quintessential mismatch.
Yes, Washington is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, leading the team in both categories, but this Abilene Christian squad has squared off against just a single team in the Quad 1 and 2 categories. In that game they fell by nearly 40 points to Big 12’s Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Below is a chart showing the current point spread odds and trends as of Thursday, March 21, 2019 at our 100+ Sports Books & Mobile Sports app in Nevada, New Jersey, and West Virginia for Thursday’s sixteen Men’s College Basketball Tournament games.