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ESPN's Myron Medcalf Is Picking Davidson To Upset Kentucky

Kentucky basketball player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dribbling past an Ole Miss defender.

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 28: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball against the Ole Miss Rebels during the game at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari complained on Sunday that his team got screwed with a No. 5 seed in the South Region. The Wildcats are in the same region as Virginia and Arizona.

If ESPN's Myron Medcalf's prediction is on the money, Coach Cal won't have to worry about potentially playing Virginia in the Sweet 16. He won't even have to worry about Arizona in the second round.

Medcalf is picking 12th-seeded Davidson to shock the SEC Tournament champs in the first round. He wrote about it in his bold predictions column, which you can read here.

Medcalf said he would pick Kentucky to beat any other 12-seed in this year's field by 20 or more points, but that Davidson's shooting gives them the advantage against UK.

Davidson has averaged 10 made 3-pointers in its past four games, a 4-0 stretch that includes two wins over Rhode Island and another over St. Bonaventure, a pair of NCAA tournament teams. Peyton Aldridge leads a group of seven players -- from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-11 -- who've made at least 39 percent of their 3-pointers this season.

Yeah, Davidson's best chance to beat Kentucky involves turning the game into a shootout and shredding this talented group from beyond the arc.

They're capable of doing just that.

Medcalf doubled down on his prediction on the Paul Finebaum Show this afternoon.

Kentucky and Davidson will tip off at 7:10 p.m. ET on CBS on Thursday. You can read our preview for the game here.

Will Kentucky fall victim to the dreaded 12-5 upset?