NCAA Tournament 2014: 5 Predictions For No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 8 Kentucky Matchup

5 Predictions For No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 8 Kentucky Matchup

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The Michigan Wolverines made the national championship last year and Kentucky won it two seasons ago. The two teams will meet up in the Elite Eight. Either team could come away with the W, but let’s take a look at five predictions for this matchup before it tips off.

Kentucky Will Finally Look Like Kentucky

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Kentucky Will Finally Look Like Kentucky

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What exactly do I mean by this? Well, Kentucky is the most talented team in college hoops and John Calipari is one of the best coaches. The Wildcats have made it this far and that is great. However, they have not looked dominant and they have not looked like one of the most hated teams in college basketball.

Well, Kentucky will look like Kentucky in this contest and will look like the team we all thought they would be entering the season.

Michigan Will Hit 10+ Threes

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Michigan Will Hit 10+ Threes

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Michigan is kind of good at making the long-ball. That tends to happen when you have players like Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert -- both great from three-point land.

The Wolverines are averaging right around 10 made threes a game. Expect them to keep up that trend in this contest, which will make it that much more fun to watch.

Julius Randle Will be the Best Player

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Julius Randle Will be the Best Player

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Julius Randle. Is. A. Beast. Michigan is not known for its frontcourt and that is bad news against a tall team like Kentucky. Randle is a double-double machine and you can bet that he will be the best player in this game.

The Harrison Twins Will Combine for 30+ Points

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The Harrison Twins Will Combine for 30+ Points

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Andrew Harrison is averaging 13.7 points per game and Aaron Harrison is averaging 17.3 points per game. In the 2014 NCAA tournament that is. The two have to come up big against Michigan. If not, the Wolverines’ backcourt will eat them alive.

With that in mind, I am predicting the Harrison twins to combine for 30+ points.

Kentucky Will Make the Final Four

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Kentucky Will Make the Final Four

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If the Harrison twins drop 30+ and if Julius Randle is the best player in the game, Kentucky will win. The Wildcats have found their way to the Elite Eight, but I still think they can play better. Michigan will hit some threes, but you cannot expect it to stay hot the entire game.

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