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Early ESPN Kansas vs. Kentucky Basketball Prediction

A behind-the-basket shot of Rupp Arena during a game.

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Once again, Kansas and Kentucky basketball should be prominent programs as we near the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

The two programs may not be hitting the same heights that we usually see.

Kansas has had a strange season, with the ongoing NCAA issues keeping center Silvio De Sousa out, and starting center Udoka Azubuike going down for the season with an injury.

Bill Self has been forced into playing small ball, but the Jayhawks have been a bit inconsistent.

They avenged an early Big 12 loss to Iowa State with a four-point win last night. That came after a loss at Big 12 bottom feeder West Virginia though.

Kentucky has found itself a bit more, especially since Ashton Hagans' increased role.

UK has won five straight since a two-point loss at Alabama, and have now one back-to-back games against ranked opponents, with wins against Auburn and Mississippi State in the last few games.

Kansas and Kentucky basketball are set to meet in Lexington as part of this weekend's Big 12-SEC challenge.

It's a pretty awesome mid-season non-conference game that we're being treated to on Saturday.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index has Kentucky as a pretty sizable favorite at home, with a 68.6-percent chance to win.

ESPN BPI prediction for Kansas at Kentucky basketball.

ESPN

Kentucky is ranked No. 8 in the current AP Poll, while Kansas is one spot below, at No. 9.

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