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ESPN CBB Experts Make Their Kentucky-Kansas Picks

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

This weekend brings us the Big 12-SEC challenge in college hoops. The marquee match-up: Kansas at Kentucky.

The two traditional powers will meet at Rupp Arena, and both are playing for potential No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament down the road.

Kansas has faltered a bit lately.

The Jayhawks still don't have center Silvio De Sousa, who remains stuck in NCAA limbo, and starter Udoka Azubuike has been lost for the year. Last weekend, the Jayhawks lost to West Virginia, one of the conference's worst teams thus far.

On the other hand, Kentucky is thriving, with five straight wins. Since the season-opening loss at Duke, Kentucky has dropped just two games, by one and two points, respectively.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives Kentucky a 68.8-percent chance to win the game.

The network's college hoops experts agree.

All four college basketball analysts over at ESPN have Kentucky basketball beating Kansas at home.

Jeff Borzello is among those very confident in the 'Cats.

Borzello: Give me Kentucky. I just have no idea how good Kansas is right now. Kentucky is on fire lately, but to be fair, the last time everyone hopped on the Wildcats' bandwagon (after wins over North Carolina and Louisville), they went to Alabama and lost to an average Crimson Tide team. Kentucky is highly susceptible to teams that can spread the floor and make shots from the perimeter, which is what Kansas was last season -- but not this season. The Wildcats are clicking at the right time, while the Jayhawks still seem to be figuring things out.

Kentucky enters the weekend ranked No. 8, while Kansas is one spot behind at No. 9 in the AP Poll.

[ESPN]