The Kentucky Wildcats (30-5) are the No. 2 seed in the South Region, and will take on the No. 10 seed Wichita State Shockers (31-4). The game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 2:40 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.
Preview: Kentucky took care of business against Northern Kentucky on Friday with a comfortable 79-70 victory in the first round. The Wildcats are led by freshman Malik Monk, who averages 20.2 points per game.
Wichita State defeated Dayton 64-58 on Friday despite entering the second half trailing by two. The Shockers are led by Markis McDuffie who averages 11.7 points per game.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 2:40 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson
Opening Betting Line: Kentucky -2, via OddsShark
According to College Basketball Reference, Kentucky and Wichita State have met only once before, with Kentucky possessing the lone victory. The contest took place in the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and the Wildcats won 78-76.
Kentucky has appeared in the tournament 56 times, and the Wildcats have advanced to 17 Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 123-50, and have won eight national championships.
Wichita State has appeared in the tournament 13 times, and the Shockers have advanced to stwo Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 17-4, and have won zero national championships.
Prediction: Wichita State will put up fight, but Kentucky will escape with the win. Kentucky just has too much offensive talent and the Shockers will be unable to keep up down the stretch. Malik Monk goes for 25, and the Wildcats win by four.