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Kentucky’s road to a ninth National Championship begins tonight when the SEC Tournament Champions take the Taco Bell Arena court against the Atlantic 10 Tournament Champions, Davidson.
Each team enters on a hot streak. Davidson has won eight of their last nine and Cal’s Cats have won seven of their last eight. Experts will give you plenty of reasons to believe Kentucky could fall, but since he’s arrived at UK, John Calipari has never lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and has only lost to one non-Power Five opponent. Conversely, Davidson has advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament just once in their last eight appearances.
A Popular Upset Pick
Picking a 12-seed to upset a five is hardly bold. This year, many have eyed this match-up of Wildcats as a first round upset. According to ESPN’s BPI, Davidson has a 42 percent chance to win, making it the most likely 12-5 upset. Gary Parrish and Jerry Palm of CBS picked the 5.5-point underdogs to defeat Kentucky in the first round.
Kentucky fans may dismiss the notion, but even John Calipari knows his Wildcats could be eliminated tonight. “They’re going to take 30 3-point shots,” Cal said yesterday. “If they make 20, it has been a heck of a season for us.”
Davidson will shoot, and make, a ton of three-pointers. A 39.1 percent shooting team from long-range, they are ranked seventh in the nation in three-pointers made with 10.7 per game. Here’s how the two Wildcats stack up in every statistical category:
TV, Radio, Vegas
TV — Tip-off vs. Davidson is at approximately 7:10 on CBS with Brian Anderson, Chris Webber and Lisa Byington on the call.
Radio — The KSR Pregame Show begins at 4:30 on 630 WLAP. Hear Leach and Pratt on the UK Sports Network, Sirius-138 and XM-202.
Vegas — UK -5.5
UK Players LOVE Boise!
Well, they don’t hate it. Asked often by the local media about about their first impressions of the town, most of the answers included “potatoes” and/or “mountains.”
If you thought that was entertaining, wait until you see players guess songs of the 90s. Apparently, boy bands aren’t very popular on the Kentucky basketball aux cord. Shout out to Quade Green for calling the “Achy, Breaky Heart” singer “Ray Montana.”
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 15, 2018
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NCAA Tournament TV Schedule
|12:15||#7 Rhode Island vs. #10 Oklahoma||CBS|
|12:40||#3 Tennessee vs. #14 Wright State||TruTV|
|1:30||#4 Gonzaga vs. #13 UNC-Greensboro||TNT|
|2:00||#1 Kansas vs. #16 Penn||TBS|
|2:45||#2 Duke vs. #15 Iona||CBS|
|3:10||#6 Miami vs. #11 Loyola-Chicago||TruTV|
|4:00||#5 Ohio State vs. #12 South Dakota||TNT|
|4:20||#8 Seton Hall vs. #9 NC State||TBS|
|6:50||#1 Villanova vs. #16 Radford||TNT|
|7:10||#5 Kentucky vs. #12 Davidson||CBS|
|7:20||#6 Houston vs. #11 San Diego St.||TBS|
|7:27||#3 Texas Tech vs. #14 SFA||TruTV|
|9:20||#8 Virginia Tech vs. #9 Alabama||TNT|
|9:40||#4 Arizona vs. #13 Buffalo||CBS|
|9:50||#3 Michigan vs. #14 Montana||TBS|
|9:57||#6 Florida vs. #11 St. Bonaventure||TruTV|
Sweet 16 Action Continues
After Trinity and Scott County created an instant classic, Pikeville and John Hardin had an even better day one finish in triple overtime. Warren Central and Corbin will join Pikeville and Scott County in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Today we find out what four other teams will live to fight another day.
- Noon — University Heights vs. Campbell County
- 1:30 — Fern Creek vs. Boyd County
- 6:30 — Oldham County vs. McCracken County
- 8:00 — Apollo vs. Cov Cath