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The game everyone wanted is happening, the Kentucky Wildcats will play the Shockers of Wichita State Sunday at 2:35pm. When the brackets were released on Sunday night, this was the most anticipated matchup. The preseason No.1 against the undefeated Shockers.

Game will be shown on CBS.

The Shockers come in after blowing out Cal Poly in the second round. The Wildcats’ size on defense smothered Kansas State later Friday night to help Kentucky survive and advance.

None of the Wildcats have any tournament experience. Wichita State’s players went all the way to the final four last season, losing to the Louisville Cardinals in a really close game.

Wichita State is favored by 3.5 points.

uk lineup Kentucky vs. Wichita State Game Preview and Predictions

wss roster Kentucky vs. Wichita State Game Preview and Predictions

 

Stat Comparison

Wichita State

Offensive Averages:

Points
75.1
67th / 1st
Assists
13.6
98th / 3rd
Rebounds
38.8
19th / 1st
FG Pct
45.9
85th / 3rd

Defensive Averages:

Points
58.9
7th / 1st
Assists
9.9
16th / 3rd
Rebounds
30.9
23rd / 1st
FG Pct
38.6
9th / 3rd

Kentucky

Offensive Averages:

Points
75.3
62nd / 2nd
Assists
11.4
266th / 11th
Rebounds
41.1
5th / 1st
FG Pct
45.0
132nd / 3rd

Defensive Averages:

Points
66.1
73rd / 2nd
Assists
10.3
26th / 11th
Rebounds
31.3
35th / 1st
FG Pct
40.2
33rd / 3rd

 

Predictions

Kentucky will use length, Wichita State will use their experienced backcourt and shooting. This will be a fight until the end, the only question is will Wichita State frustrate the youth of Kentucky.

Wichita State will come out shooting. Expect them to maybe go up by as much as ten within the first eight minutes of the game thanks to some silly turnovers and so open threes from the corner.

How will Kentucky respond? Calipari will call timeout and make a key tweak what is the tweak? Use Randle at the top of the key to dish it out to Aaron Harrison and James Young. This tweak will bring Kentucky within two at halftime.

The second-half will be a knockout fight. Calipari will throw his coat, players will be gasped and fans will be going nuts.

Aaron Harrison will lead the Cats in scoring with 23 including four threes.

Randle will lead in rebounds with 13, but most will be in the first-half due to foul trouble in the second.

 

 

Wichita State wins 78-74.

 

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