[6:05 PM] Canisius @ #2 Kentucky

What will be the GAME RESULT?

#2 Kentucky: Wins By 30+ Points

Any Other Result


Current odds:

Canisius (+29.5): (TBD)

Kentucky (-29.5): (TBD)


ESPN simulations have Kentucky as XX% favorites to cover the spread.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Kentucky to win as (TBD) favorites.

For a club that perennially boasts multiple one-and-done players, it would seem harder to get them to bond together as a team while featuring such winning traits as sharing the ball and playing defense. That doesn’t appear to be the case with the 2016-17 version of Kentucky, which hosts Canisius on Sunday after coach John Calipari’s No. 4 Wildcats served notice in their opener – an 87-64 victory over Stephen F. Austin – that there are no individuals, but plenty of talent.

The Golden Griffins of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference do not have the luxury of a game until their belts, but return three of their top four scorers from last season.

Senior forward Phil Valenti, an All-MAAC preseason third-team selection, is the top returning scorer (14.6 points per game), rebounder (6.1) and assist man (2.0). Junior guard Kassius Robertson averaged 14.1 points in 2015-16 while junior forward Jermaine Crumpton (10.4 points) provides scoring depth.

The Wildcats are expected to be unusually bolstered this season by a senior as forward Derek Willis already served notice he will contribute significantly with 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks Friday while sophomore forward Isaac Humphries filled up the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Canisius was picked to finish ninth in the MAAC preseason poll after winding up seventh at 8-12 last season.


StreakSmarts Pick: #2 Kentucky: Wins By 30+ Points

Confidence: 5/10

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