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ESPN Releases Prediction For Kentucky-North Carolina

Roy Williams and John Cailpari, two college basketball greats, on the court.

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 26: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels and head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats walk off the court before their game during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On Saturday afternoon, two of the top college basketball programs in the country will go head-to-head. No. 19 Kentucky and No. 9 North Carolina tip off from Chicago in what promises to be the best game of the weekend.

Both teams enter this contest with an 8-2 record, though the Tar Heels come in as a two-point favorite to take down the Wildcats. North Carolina boasts the No. 3 scoring offense in the nation, while Kentucky sits at No. 21 in the same category.

ESPN released its prediction for the afternoon match-up. The Worldwide Leader gives North Carolina a 70.2-percent chance to win the game.

Roy Williams secured a significant contract extension earlier this week and now he's looking for a huge win over a tough opponent. Meanwhile, John Calipari and company are looking to knock off a top team and show they're for real this season.

North Carolina and Kentucky tip off from the United Center at 5:15 p.m. ET on CBS.