The Kentucky Wildcats will resume their query for a inhabitant pretension and ideal record for a whole deteriorate when they hit with a West Virginia Mountaineers in a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Thursday during a Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Wildcats, who are tagged favorites streamer into Mar Madness, now reason a ideal 36-0 record this season. The star-studded Kentucky patrol degraded Hampton and Cincinnati in a second and third turn of competition, respectively.
While they ran divided with easy wins in their initial dual games in a tournament, Kentucky conduct manager John Calipari is not awaiting a same unfolding on Thursday opposite a Mountaineers.
Calipari, whose group is looking to turn a initial to win a inhabitant pretension but tasting better in a deteriorate given 1976, knows it will not be easy on Thursday night as they will be going adult opposite a Mountaineers patrol famous for their vigour defense.
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“They’re formulating havoc, they’re holding we out of your offense, they’re formulating opportunities for tough shots or turnovers,” Calipari pronounced of a Mountaineers around ESPN. “They’re personification really physical, they’re entrance in and vouchsafing we know it’s going to be physique to body.”
West Virginia requisitioned a mark in a Sweet 16 with victories opposite a Buffalo Bulls and a Maryland Terrapins in a second and third round, where they forced 40 turnovers with their vaunted vigour defense.
The leader of a Kentucky-West Virginia compare will allege to a Elite Eight and will face possibly Wichita State Shockers or a Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who are also set to hit on Thursday night in Cleveland.
The third-seeded Notre Dame warranted a mark in a Sweet 16 with a hard-earned 67-64 win over a Butler Bulldogs in overtime on Saturday. On a other hand, Wichita State repelled second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks, 78-65, in a third-round compare on Sunday.
The Notre Dame-Wichita State compare is scheduled to start during 7:15 p.m. ET, followed by a Kentucky-West Virginia showdown during 9:45 p.m. ET. Both games will be shown live on CBS.
The North Carolina Tar Heels and top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers will also conflict for a mark in a Final Eight, where they will accommodate a leader of a compare between a Xavier Musketeers and Arizona Wildcats.
The North Carolina-Wisconsin compare will start during 7:47 p.m. ET, followed by a Arizona-Xavier diversion during 10:17 p.m. ET. Both games will be shown live on TBS. All 4 games on Thursday will also be accessible by online live tide around NCAA Mar Madness Live.
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