Kentucky vs. Indiana prediction and preview. Who’s Got Next analyzes the NCAA Tournament’s second round matchup between the Wildcats and Hoosiers.
How they got here
Kentucky beat No. 13 Stony Brook 85-57; Indiana beat No. 12 Chattanooga 99-74.
Why Kentucky will win
Talent, quickness, size and depth. That’s what Kentucky brings to the floor, and the Wildcats are rolling. Guard Tyler Ulis has the quickness to break down defenses off the dribble, guard Jamal Murray is a special player who works hard on both ends of the floor, Alex Poythress has experience and is a quality big, and Skal Labissiere has turned a corner in the middle of late. UK will want to use a balanced attack to keep the Hoosiers scrambling defensively, and the Wildcats want to use their length on the perimeter to cut down IU’s open looks.
Why Indiana will win
The Hoosiers’ perimeter shooting wears down teams, and this is a team that isn’t easy to defend. Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams can get to the bucket at will, just about everyone on the court can knock down the open three, and Thomas Bryant and Max Bielfeldt can control the glass with their strength and size. As long as IU doesn’t have an off shooting night, limits turnovers and doesn’t lose focus on defense, Indiana is going to have a shot to move to the Sweet 16.
Kentucky vs. Indiana Prediction
This should be one of the best matchups of the second round, and this game will mean a lot to both long-time rivals who haven’t played each other during the past couple of years. Indiana’s efficient offense can put up a lot of points, but Kentucky’s quality defense and size inside will give IU headaches. UK wins a close one.
Kentucky vs. Indiana Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 75, Indiana 73.