A key third-round matchup on Saturday in the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament features one of the favorites to win the title, as the No. 1-seed Kentucky Wildcats (33-2) face the No. 8-seeded Iowa State Cyclones (23-10) at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The tip off takes place at 7:15 p.m. ET. The game will be television on CBS.
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The Wildcats are accustomed to their fans showing up for road games, but this time the trip won't be far in nearby Louisville. It's just one of the advantages Kentucky should have against they Cyclones.
John Calipari's squad cruised by Western Kentucky on Thursday behind a pair of sophomores, to get their tournament off to an auspicious start. Terrence Jones scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Doron Lamb scored 16, in the 81-66 win.
Anthony Davis, perhaps the best player in college basketball, added 16 points, and nine rebounds in the win. Davis is a possible top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and for those who don't follow college basketball until March, this will be an opportunity for the freshman to showcase his talents in front of a national audience interested in his NBA potential.
Kentucky have a high-scoring and strong rebounding squad and will need to click against a very tough Iowa State team.
While the Wildcats have a star-studded roster, the Cyclones have a star themselves in Royce White, a strong forward averaging 13.1 points per game and 9.3 rebounds, as well 5.1 assists. White considered going to Kentucky, so his presence on the hardwood will be met with great anticipation by loyal Wildcat fans.
And while Kentucky have title aspirations, the Cyclones have already knocked off the defending champions. Iowa State sent home UConn, which boasts two superstars themselves in Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond, and did it in convincing fashion, 77-64.
The Cyclones shot 48 percent from the field, and 95 percent from the free-throw line. Such efficiency should be cause for concern for Kentucky.
Fred Hoiberg has a pair of senior guards who can frustrate defenses in Chris Allen, and Scott Christopherson.
The winner of the game advances to the Sweet 16 and travels to Atlanta to face the winner of the VCU-Indiana game.
PREDICTION: This will be a very competitive match despite basically a home-court advantage for the Wildcats. Though Lamb and Jones are reliable players, Kentucky will need someone else to step up against a very tough Iowa State team. The game hinge on the success of White. If the big man can stay composed and be effective on both sides of the court it might be a long night for the Wildcats. In the end, Kentucky should hold off Iowa State, but expect some intense action in the dying minutes.
PREDICTED SCORE: Kentucky over Iowa State, 71-65