Western Kentucky vs Kentucky Free NCAA Bracket Predictions 2012: After pulling off the greatest comeback in NCAA history, the Western (16-18, Cong: 7-9) Kentucky Hilltoppers [+15] will take on the best ranked team in the country, as they battle the (32-2, Conf: 16-0) Kentucky Wildcats [-15].
This NCAA tournament first round battle is scheduled to get underway Thursday evening at 6:50 PM ET live from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. According to free NCAA bracket predictions 2012 experts, the projected OVER/UNDER line for this south regional battle between WKU and UK is set at a combined total of 142 points scored.
With president Barack Obama sitting courtside, the Hilltoppers did something no other team has been able to do ever in NCAA history. Down by 15 points with 5 minutes to play, WKU came storming all the way back to leave Miss Valley State wondering what in the world happened in those five minutes.
“I thought it was just our guys got rattled, got excited, and got a little bit beside themselves,” said MVSU coach Sean Woods. “Normally in a situation like that, maybe it’s one guy or two. But when it’s all five, it was like a snowball effect.”
The NCAA tournament odds underdog, Hilltoppers have been on a tear since their Feb. 18 loss to South Alabama, winning 7 consecutive games, their longest streak all season. Incredibly, to the WKU players, becoming the first team ever to accomplish this feat felt like just another day at the office.
“We’re used to doing it,” Derrick Gordon said. “We did it all throughout the Sun Belt tournament. No matter how much we were losing by, we were just going to keep on fighting until the buzzer went off. That’s something that teams don’t know about us.”
For the free NCAA bracket predictions 2012 favorite Wildcats, this team was the No.1 team in the country for most of the season. going undefeated in conference play, Kentucky secured its top seed in the NCAA tournament despite being stunned in the SEC tournament finals by Vanderbilt, 64-71. And although most teams would hang their heads after such a disappointing loss, John Calipari is trying his best to use this as a motivational tool for his players to use as the Madness begins.
“Maybe now everybody realizes we’re not invincible,” Calipari said. “We’re like everybody else out there. We’re going to have to execute, play hard and with some aggressiveness and intensity or we will get beat.”
OSH free NCAA bracket predictions: After such an emotional win in the First Four, Ray Harper has to be very concerned about his team having a letdown game. Taking on a team like Kentucky is sure to test everything these kids are made of and more. I simply don’t believe the Hilltoppers have enough time to recuperate from such an emotional game, nor do I think they have the talent to hang with UK. I like the Wildcats by at least 20 points over WKU!
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