MSG battle a litmus check for Kentucky and Seton Corridor


Kentucky head coach John Calipari likes to put his gamers within the highlight. He is aware of showcase video games assist entice high-caliber one-and-done stars who can hold this system in national-championship rivalry yr after yr.

Saturday brings such a chance at Madison Sq. Backyard in opposition to Seton Corridor (Fox, midday). A robust efficiency in school basketball’s mecca will assist erase the reminiscence (and influence) of an embarrassing 118-84 loss to Duke in Kentucky’s season opener in Indianapolis. The Wildcats are 7-Zero straight up since then … however everybody remembers the Duke debacle that missed the purpose unfold by 36 factors.

For the season, Kentucky is simply 3-5 in opposition to what turned out to be inflated market expectations. It faces an inconsistent Seton Corridor squad that impressed with a three-game win/cowl streak to seize the Wood Legacy event in Fullerton Calif. (Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Miami-Florida)… however misplaced as residence favorites to each Saint Louis and Louisville, and received knocked round at Nebraska 80-57 as 7 1/2-point underdogs.

From a handicapping perspective, it’s an necessary litmus check for each. You possibly can’t guess Kentucky in massive video games away from residence with confidence till it exhibits depth on either side of the ground. Seton Corridor isn’t prone to matter within the Massive East if it could’t compete for 40 minutes Saturday in entrance of a metro crowd.

Hours after Kentucky-Seton Corridor ends, the Brooklyn Nets will tackle the New York Knicks on the identical ground. VSiN alerted you to Brooklyn’s back-to-back woes in a current article. The Nets are 0-6 straight up and ATS when taking part in on evening two of a back-to-back this season. Brooklyn hosted Toronto Friday evening. New York had a day to get well from Thursday’s 128-100 loss at rejuvenated Boston. (Celtics have coated their final 4 by 19 half, 20 half, 11, and 14 half factors.)

A fast reminder that Brooklyn has excelled within the first 12 minutes this season, masking higher than 70 % of its first-quarter level spreads. Let’s keep watch over the back-to-back situation right here, although. Of their final fatigue problem, the Nets dropped the primary quarter in Washington, 24-19. It might prove that “rested Brooklyn” is the a lot better soak up first quarters.

Each New York NHL groups are in motion on the highway Saturday…

• The Islanders go to Detroit in a recreation matching groups that not often are money-line favorites. The Isles have been betting favorites solely six instances all season; Detroit, simply 4 instances. New York is coming off a 6-2 blowout loss Thursday by the hands of revenge-minded Pittsburgh. It was the Isles’ fourth loss within the final 5 video games. Detroit shocked league-power Toronto, 5-4, in time beyond regulation Thursday as a +260 underdog. That is the primary assembly of the season between the Islanders and Crimson Wings. They’ll play once more subsequent Saturday in New York.

• The Rangers finish an extended hiatus with a visit to Florida. They haven’t performed since shedding Sunday at residence to Winnipeg. That dropped the Rangers to 1-5 their final six video games. Florida has been a catastrophe for backers this season, falling to minus 9 items after a 5-2 Thursday residence loss to Colorado as -120 money-line favorites. The Rangers lead the season collection 2-0, however each video games have been on the Backyard.

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