2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 8 Kentucky

By Trevor Lowry
Kentucky basketball
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Both Michigan and Kentucky entered the season with a bunch of hype. If I were to tell you at the beginning of the season that the Wolverines would make the Elite Eight without Mitch McGary, you would call me crazy. If I were to tell you the Wildcats would be playing in the round of eight entering the tournament, you would also probably call me crazy.

Well, No. 2 seed Michigan and No. 8 seed Kentucky will go head-to-head in the Elite Eight.

What to Watch For

Any player on Kentucky can have a big game. This is the most talented team in the country and it is finally showing off that talent. The Wildcats could definitely play better than they have been, but they have still battled it out and will have a chance to play in the Final Four.

As for Michigan, Nik Stauskas has to play like the Big Ten Player of the Year — won the award this year. He is lethal from behind the arc and so are a couple of other players on this team.


If the Wolverines are on from behind the arc, I doubt they lose. If Julius Randle and the rest of the Wildcats can dominate the post, I doubt they lose. It is really that simple. Both could happen and that would make this contest that much more fun to watch. Kentucky is finally playing like a good basketball team, though, and it has some serious size. That will be the difference in this Elite Eight matchup. Stranger things have happened, but John Calipari‘s team will advance to the Final Four.

Kentucky 77 Michigan 70

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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