Kentucky vs. Indiana: Why Kentucky Will Get Revenge

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2012

Kentucky vs. Indiana: Why Kentucky Will Get Revenge

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    When the Kentucky Wildcats square off against the Indiana Hoosiers tonight, there will be both NCAA Tournament title hopes and revenge on the line for John Calipari's squad.

    Big Blue nation would love to see their beloved Wildcats conquer the Hoosiers on their way to the Final Four, especially considering what happened in December.

    After losing in dramatic fashion to Tom Crean's club, Anthony Davis and company want to set things straight and show everyone why they're the overall No. 1 seed in the big dance.

    Here is a breakdown of why Kentucky will prevail tonight.

Anthony Davis Will Be a Major Factor

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    One of the key ingredients to Indiana's December win over Kentucky was Anthony Davis' foul trouble.

    He played well during his limited time on the court, but if he had played 34 minutes instead of 24, the Hoosiers wouldn't have upset the Wildcats.

    Not only will Davis bring his defense and rebounding tonight, but he'll score double-digits offensively. The 6'10" freshman has become more involved in the offense as the season has progressed.

    He'll neutralize Cody Zeller's effectiveness and make Indiana less versatile.

    Davis' stat line tonight: 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks

Kentucky's Perimeter Defense Will Hamper the Hoosiers

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    The Wildcats have grown as a unit on the defensive end, and that's helped their perimeter protection.

    Kentucky has guarded the three-point line quite well lately, including holding Iowa State to a 3-22 performance beyond the arc. Calipari's boys need to continue to keep a close eye on shooters if they want to slow down Indiana.

    Darius Miller, Marquis Teague and Doron Lamb will hold Indiana to six or fewer three-pointers, which will force the Hoosiers to score 40-50 points inside the arc to stay remotely close in the game.

Terrence Jones Will Be More Involved

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    Terrence Jones was in a funk in December's Indiana game, as he had more turnovers than points.

    He won't let it happen again. 

    The sophomore forward will assert himself on the glass more this time and make better decisions on offense.

    In December's game, Anthony Davis and Jones combined for 10 points and 10 rebounds. That total needs to double in order for them to win tonight.

Wildcats Will out-rebound Hoosiers

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    Rebounding is such a simple task that goes a long way in determining who wins basketball games.

    Kentucky is a flat-out better rebounding team than Indiana. As long as Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis stay out of major foul trouble, the Wildcats will out-rebound the Hoosiers.

    Tom Crean's club isn't stellar on the glass to begin with, so unless they crash the boards at an incredible level, Kentucky will have the edge in this category.

Intangibles on UK's Side

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    In their December meeting, Indiana had the intangibles advantage over Kentucky at home in Bloomington.

    Tonight, Kentucky will have more fans in Atlanta, a thirst for revenge and a knowledge of how to adjust to Indiana's attack.

    Marquis Teague is an improved floor general in running Calipari's offense, and both Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones have a chip on their shoulders.

    Indiana will have plenty of positive energy going for itself, but when it comes to all the intangibles, Kentucky has the edge.