2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats

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The No. 4 seeded team in the Midwest region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Louisville Cardinals, are on a six-game winning streak after defeating the No. 5 seeded Saint Louis Billikens in the round of 32. The Cardinals have been on fire ever since their loss to the Memphis Tigers, but in order to advance to the Elite Eight, Louisville must make it past the in-state rival No. 8 seeded Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky finally stepped up to their preseason reputation by defeating the only undefeated team in college basketball, the No. 1 seeded Wichita State Shockers. The Harrison twins combined for 39 points and Julius Randle had another double-double. Wichita State and Kentucky played this game close until the very end, but the young talent of the Wildcats came together to defeat the Shockers and move on to the Sweet 16.

What to Watch For:

Montrezl Harrell and Randle will be battling down low for boards and points, but the story of the game will come down to turnovers. Whichever team wins this game will be the side that takes better care of the ball, avoids fouling out and can hit the most free throws. This is a John Calipari vs. Rick Pitino match-up that the college basketball world cannot wait to see.

Prediction:

Louisville is the more experienced team, seeing as they won the National Championship last season, but I believe in this Wildcats team. They’ve looked like a new team since the start of the SEC Tournament and elimination style play. Expect Kentucky to continue to play up to expectations and win in a close one over the Cardinals.

Kentucky 66, Louisville 60

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