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ESPN's Early Prediction For Kentucky-North Carolina

Roy Williams calls out to his players.

PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 24:Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels yells out to his team during the second half of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational presented by State Farm at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. North Carolina won the game 87-68. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

In recent years, the Kentucky-North Carolina games have been among the best inter-conference rivalry matches in college basketball. This year's matchup should be equally compelling.

North Carolina raced out to a 5-0 start before losing two of their next three to Texas and Michigan. But they topped No. 4 Gonzaga last weekend to get back into the Top-10 in the recent polls.

Kentucky started the season with an opening day loss to Duke, followed by seven straight wins. But John Calipari's side was stunned at Madison Square Garden several weeks ago when they lost in OT to Seton Hall.

ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.

ESPN’s computer model believes that North Carolina has this game in the bag. The computer model gives the Tar Heels a 66.4 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.

Roy Williams' side won the most recent clash between the two teams, a 75-73 win the 2017 NCAA Elite Eight.

But the Wildcats have won the last two regular season meetings from 2014 and 2016.

The game will be played at 5:15 p.m. EST on CBS.