Fresh off of the most impressive Sweet 16 performance in recent memory, the 37-0 Kentucky Wildcats will go from playing the gritty, physical Cincinnati Bearcats and West Virginia Mountaineers to the sharpshooting Notre Dame Fighting Irish. While no one is touching Kentucky's 78-39 win, Notre Dame looked fantastic against Wichita State as well, shooting 55.6-percent and 47.4-percent from beyond the arc en route to an 81-70 win over a hot Shockers team.
Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 8:49 PM ET
TV Channel: TBS
Location: Cleveland, OH
Announcers: Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Len Elmore, Lewis Johnson Opening
Betting Line: Kentucky -11 (5Dimes)
Prediction: There will be plenty of people looking for ways to draw up a Kentucky loss here, but we don't see it. Notre Dame is one of the best offensive teams in the nation, and there is always the chance that Jerian Grant, Pat Connaughton, and Steve Vasturia could go absolutely crazy from three point range, Kentucky has too much size and athleticism for the Irish. Zach Auguste has been very good for the Irish this post-season, but Kentucky can run out more talented bigs than any other team in the country. Notre Dame may shoot well enough to keep this respectable, but the 'Cats are motivated, and their size should overwhelm Mike Brey's talented team.