2014 NCAA Tournament: 5 Reasons Why Kentucky Will Upset Louisville in the Sweet 16

Kentucky Will Upset Louisville

Kentucky Upset
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This is the game that every Louisville and Kentucky coach, player and fan has longed for all season. It comes not only as a rematch for the December matchup, which Kentucky won, but also as a chance to end their biggest rival's season. In this case, the feel good story that has become Kentucky basketball will survive and advance for five reasons.

Kentucky's size

Kentucky Size
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Kentucky's size

Kentucky Size
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Louisville’s big men Mango Mathiang, Montrezl Harrell and Stephan Van Treese hold their own in the paint, but the size of Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein, Julius Randle and Alex Poythress give Kentucky a distinct advantage in the paint. The Cardinals just aren’t big enough to match the Wildcats in the paint, much less on the perimeter.

Chip on their shoulder

Andrew Harrison
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Chip on their shoulder

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After the blowout loss to Florida that concluded the regular season, Kentucky has played pretty promisingly and now look like the team most expected them to be. Prior to that, Kentucky began finding itself as frequent underdogs and expected to lose. That has placed a chip on the Wildcats' shoulders that will satisfy their desire for a Sweet 16 victory.

Anyone can take over

Anyone can take over
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Anyone can take over

Anyone can take over
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As Kentucky has shown throughout the season, the mass of talent clustered on that roster becomes evident when nearly every game results in someone different taking over. At one point or another, all five Kentucky starters have carried this team to a win. This will be essential to match the explosiveness of Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell.

Already beat Louisville

Already beat Louisville
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Already beat Louisville

Kentucky beat Louisville
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Long before Kentucky ever started figuring out how to play together, Louisville fell victim to them. The Wildcats' confidence and play level have both escalated far beyond what Rick Pitino and the Cardinals would like it to be. The new and improved Wildcats will knock Louisville off yet again to end its hopes of winning back-to-back national championships.

Kentucky clicking at right time

Kentucky Clicking
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Kentucky clicking at right time

Kentucky Clicking
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As I mentioned earlier, the blowout loss to Florida seemed to make something click with this team. Since then, the Wildcats are 4-1 with their only loss being a one-point heartbreaker at the buzzer to Florida in the SEC championship. As of now, Kentucky seems to be hitting on all cylinders, and what better time to click than March Madness.

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