Kentucky vs Princeton: Tournament Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(4) Kentucky vs. (13) Princeton

East Region -Tampa

March 17 - 2:45 CBS

 

Kentucky enters the NCAA Tournament with a high level of confidence, closing the regular season with a win at Tennessee then winning the SEC Tournament. With all the talk about their freshmen it's been upperclassmen such as DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller who have raised their play of late, and John Calipari is a tournament-tested coach who knows how to win in March. Their opponents will be the Princeton Tigers, who make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. The Tigers are experienced in regards to years, and a senior class that started their careers with a six-win season gets their ultimate reward for all of the hard work. Douglas Davis' shot delivered the automatic berth, and with Ian Hummer, Kareem Maddox and Dan Mavraides Princeton has a nucleus that's seen a lot of what college basketball has to offer.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Kentucky

Princeton

 

Stars to Watch:

G Brandon Knight (Kentucky)

F Kareem Maddox (Princeton)

 

Faces Winner Of: West Virginia vs UAB/Clemson

 

Vegas Odds:

Kentucky -14

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Kentucky 71-Princeton 64

KenPom: Kentucky 73-Princeton 61

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Kentucky: