Whether the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats get off to a fast start, or struggle out of the gate, recent history suggests they’ll be in the running for the Final Four. They’ll have a great opportunity to showcase how far they have come since the beginning of the season.
Facing the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks on the road will be a tough task for the young Wildcats, but they’ve had no problem competing in the big games. Both teams come into the game with 16-4 records, but they are viewed in drastically different ways.
Keep in mind, all four of the Wildcats’ losses have come away from home. However, the defeats haven’t been to the most elite competition. UCLA, Ohio State, LSU, and Auburn haven’t been the cream of the crop, but the Wildcats can erase that nasty taste if they have a strong performance in Allen Fieldhouse.
Although the Jayhawks sport the same record, only one of their losses have been questionable. Losses to West Virginia and Iowa State were predictable this season. However, the 19 point loss to Oklahoma State could comeback to haunt the Jayhawks when it comes to seeding, but they have bigger events on their plate now. The Jayhawks have lost their last three road games, and they can’t afford to lose back to back contests. It’s a good thing they are undefeated at home. In addition, payback could be on the Jayhawks’ mind.
The last time the Wildcats took the floor against the Jayhawks, it was a total mismatch. The highly touted Wildcats smashed the overmatched Jayhawks 72-40. It’s not likely, Saturday’s contest will have a 32 point disparity. It’s safe to say, both teams are planning to be competitive in this out of conference showdown.
Regardless of what happens, both teams have an uphill battle once league play resumes. Still, one program will be sporting a great win as the stretch run starts. Meanwhile, the loser of the game will have plenty of improvement to look forward to.
Tip off is at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.