KenPom predicts Kentucky will beat UCLA by two, while FiveThirtyEight’s fancy algorithms give the Cats a 68% chance of beating the Bruins to advance to the Elite Eight. Another computer model is also feeling good about Kentucky’s chances on Friday night. According to Bing, Kentucky has a 53% chance of beating UCLA:
How did Bing come to this conclusion? By using its intelligent machine-learning technology to analyze social and search signals, plus more than a decade of college hoops statistical data, per its website. Per Bing, the Cats will win because they commit far fewer turnovers and fouls than the Bruins. That seems like an overly simplistic breakdown of this game, but hey, I’ll take it.
UPDATE: As “IstandUPatGames” notes in the comments, Bing apparently uses the rule of 71. See, it is real!