The top seed Kentucky Wildcats and fourth seed Indiana Hoosiers face off today in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia in a South Regional semifinal game with a berth in the Elite 8 and a chance to head to the Final Four at the Mercedes Benz Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA on the line.
You can watch the NCAA Tourney game between Indiana and Kentucky live online here.
The last time Kentucky and Indiana met, the Wildcats were the presumptive best team in the country and the Hoosiers were upstart underdogs. Forty minutes of basketball later, the Hoosiers had their hands raised in triumph after handing Kentucky its first loss of the season.
This time, the venue is different and the stakes are higher, but little else is different. Kentucky, with its length and size, is still the presumptive favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. Indiana, with its lack of length and inconsistent play, is still an overlooked threat.
The only other difference is that Kentucky isn’t going to have any issue getting up for this game. But then again, neither will the Hoosiers.
The winner of the game goes on to face the winner of the game between third seed Baylor and tenth seeded Xavier in the opening game in Atlanta.
Here’s more on the game from ESPN:
Indiana and Kentucky are very different teams now, and almost every player that played in that game is different, too. Take a look at my preview of that game. And, consider that Terrence Jones was a near-zombie during that game (4 points, 1 rebound and 6 turnovers in 28 minutes) and Anthony Davis was in foul trouble. And it took a heroic shot by Christian Watford to beat the Wildcats. So Kentucky has reason to expect it will play better the second time around.
But so does Indiana. The win over Kentucky was no fluke, and it was an announcement that Indiana was, indeed, back on the national scene and here to stay. For the first time since 1976, one of the truly great seasons in college basketball history, the Hoosiers beat three teams ranked in the top five. Indiana is a better team than it was in December, and a team that has thrown and taken punches throughout the season. The Hoosiers know they can stand toe-to-toe with any heavyweight and win.