The Kentucky Wildcats (29-5) are the No. 2 seed in the South Region, and will take on the No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky Norse (24-10). The game will be played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN on Friday, March 17.
Preview: Kentucky clinched the No. 2 seed with an SEC Conference Title. They are led by freshman guard Malik Monk, who averages 20.5 points per game.
Northern Kentucky reached the tournament by defeating Milwaukee in the Horizon Tournament. They are led by Drew McDonald who scores 16.4 points per game. You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here.
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 9:40 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, and Tracy Wolfson
Opening Betting Line: Kentucky -19, via OddsShark
Kentucky’s last NCAA Tournament appearance was last season. As a No. 4 seed, the Wildcats lost in the Round of 32 by a score of 73-67 at the hands of Indiana.
This is the first year that Northern Kentucky was eligible for the Division I NCAA Tournament.
Prediction: This game will be not be close. Kentucky has too much depth for Northern Kentucky to match. The Wildcats win big.