The No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks will be the huge favorite against the No. 16 seed Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. A No. 16 seed is eventually going to win. It is just going to happen, so why not this year for the Hilltoppers?
Let’s not even talk about Kansas. Ben McLemore and company are good in all facets of the game and the Jayhawks could easily win a national championship this year.
The upset will likely not happen, but just think for a minute how crazy it would be. Western Kentucky did manage to win one game in the tourney last season in a play-in game.
Western Kentucky needed an auto bid out of the Sun Belt just to make the dance, but it was still able to pull it off. This team has surprisingly played some good competition this year, including games against Southern Miss, Iowa, Murray State, Middle Tennessee State, VCU and Louisville. Although the Hilltoppers lost all of those games, they still have seen great competition this year, so they will know what to expect when playing Kansas.
For this upset to happen, T.J. Price and the rest of the Hilltoppers will have to have the game of their lives. Price is leading the team with 15.3 points per game and he also knows how to sink the long-ball, draining 79 on the season. Price was able to drop 21 points on Kentucky last year in the dance, so who is to say that he can’t score more, since he has one year of experience under his belt now.
The Jayhawks’ offense is likely too good for this team to stop, so Western Kentucky is going to have to make baskets at a high rate and hope that Kansas is off for just one night.
A No. 1 seed is eventually going to go down to a No. 16 seed, so why not now?