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Start Prepping For UCLA With The Saturday Morning Links

Want some predictions for today’s throwdown in Chitown? Here you go:

[ESPN’s Myron Medcalf]

UCLA vs. No. 1 Kentucky (United Center in Chicago), 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, CBS: The Bruins aren’t bad. In some ways, they’ve surpassed expectations. Who thought Bryce Alford would evolve into an all-Pac-12ish point guard for Steve Alford? Norman Powell is one of the best all-around players in the country. Kevon Looney is a pro. But they’re not capable of solving the Kentucky problem that might perplex every opponent the Wildcats face this season. It’s a broken record, I know, but if you’re dealing with a shot-blocking crew that protects the space within the arc better than any team in America and throws multiple 6-foot-10-and-up future pros at you on offense, how can you stop that over 40 minutes? UCLA won’t have that answer during this CBS Sports Classic matchup.

Prediction: Kentucky 80, UCLA 60

[CBSSports’ Sam Vecenie]

Pick: Not sure the Bruins have a great matchup here. They’re awfully reliant on Bryce Alford offensively, and it seems likely that he’ll be swallowed up by Kentucky’s the size and length. Also, depth will be a serious concern for the Bruins against a team that goes at least nine, possibly 11 deep, with little drop-off in skill. Kentucky wins its 12th straight game by double-digits.

[NBCsports Rob Dauster]

UCLA vs. No. 1 Kentucky, Sat. 3:30 p.m.: I’m not convinced that UCLA is all that good this season. In fact, I think there’s a chance that they’re an NIT team. They do have some athletes on the wing, but we’ll see how Bryce Alford is able to deal with the Kentucky pressure.

[Jerry Tipton compares Kentucky’s current state with UCLA’s]

If you’re looking to contrast basketball dynasties, how Kentucky and UCLA are flying to Chicago for Saturday’s game is one place to start.

UK chartered a flight with Miami Air International, which services professional teams, U.S. military and governmental agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

UCLA flew commercially. Message: With UCLA, oh how the mighty have fallen. Meanwhile, Kentucky is soaring higher than ever.

[EKU Beat No 18. Miami by 28]

Kentucky beat EKU by 33. EKU beat Miami by 28. Miami beat Florida by 2. Therefore by the transitive property we should beat Florida by a good sixty points. Seriously though, the win is EKU’s first over a top 25 team so congrats to Coach Neubauer and his team from Richmond.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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2 Comments for Start Prepping For UCLA With The Saturday Morning Links

  1. Time Expired
    11:15 am December 20, 2014 Permalink

    EKU’s win over 19th ranked Miami is a shocker, but when you hit 14 three pointers you likely will win every time.

  2. Bullitt County UK fan
    11:42 am December 20, 2014 Permalink

    I haven’t seen UCLA play yet, but from what i’m hearing, they have a good, top 25 type starting lineup with Kevin Looney and Bryce Alford, but they have little to no depth. To challenge this team, you have to 1) have at least 8-9 guys that can play, 2) go crazy hot from beyond the arc, 3) out rebound us either on the offensive or defensive end, 4) get the majority of the calls from the refs. I don’t see that happening, unless we are somehow overlooking UCLA, with our players focused on finals or break or maybe even UL. When it’s all said and done, I say cats win big, 78-55.