College basketball is currently on full display and that will be the case for the rest of the day. One of the biggest matchups of the Tip-Off Marathon–possibly the year–will be played between the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans. It is the Spartans’ experience that will be the biggest x-factor in that game.
Kentucky has looked great so far and so much can be said about Julius Randle. He is averaging 22.5 points per game and 14.5 rebounds per game. However, the Wildcats have not been tested yet and the lineup consists of a bunch of freshmen.
Michigan State has a couple of seniors on its team who have been through a lot. The Spartans were a No. 3 seed in the dance last year and basically have the same exact team.
Kentucky’s upside is immense and it probably cannot be beaten if it plays at its best. We haven’t seen the Wildcats at their best, though, and who knows if we will.
I am sure the Michigan State players will be nervous going into the showdown, but I can’t even imagine what is going through the Wildcats’ minds. These young players are being put up against one of the best and most experienced teams in college hoops right off of the bat. The Champions Classic is becoming a pretty big deal, but this year is likely the most hype it has ever gotten.
Kentucky will have the No. 1 ranking going into this matchup, but Michigan State is more than capable of knocking the Wildcats off of their thrown.
I am not sure if John Calipari‘s team is ready for this game, but I can guarantee you that Tom Izzo’s guys are.