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No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Davidson: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wears a net after winning the SEC.

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 11: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks off of the court after the 77-72 victory against the Tennessee Volunteers during the Championship game of the 2018 SEC Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 11, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The No. 5 seed Kentucky Wildcats will take on the No. 12 seed Davidson Wildcats in a first-round matchup in the South Region on Thursday. The game will be played at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Tip time is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Preview: Kentucky struggled early in the month of February but finished its season with a flourish. The Wildcats won their fourth-straight SEC Tournament title this weekend. John Calipari's bunch is playing well in March, led by Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel and others.

Davidson was a master bid thief this year. The Wildcats were not going to make the Big Dance as an at-large team, but they knocked off Rhode Island in the A-10 title game to earn an automatic bid. Peyton Aldridge and Kellen Grady can absolutely fill it up.

You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.

Date: Thursday, March 15

Time: 7: 10 p.m. ET.

TV Channel: CBS

Location: Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho

Announcers: Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lisa Byington

Opening Betting Line: Kentucky -6 via 5Dimes

Kentucky is making its 58th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Wildcats have won eight national titles and made 17 Final Fours.

Davidson is making its 14th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. They last made it in 2015, and last reached the Elite Eight in 2008.

Prediction: Davidson is coming in hot, as is Kentucky. The 12-5 upset is a popular one to pick in the NCAA Tournament, and if the Kentucky team from one month ago was playing, we'd probably choose Davidson.

However, we buy into Coach Cal having his team ready as the tourney arrives. Kentucky is the pick.