Sweet 16 2012: Why Kentucky Will Destroy Indiana in Revenge Game for Wildcats

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Sweet 16 2012: Why Kentucky Will Destroy Indiana in Revenge Game for Wildcats
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Kentucky will dominate Indiana in their Sweet 16 matchup on Friday night, and revenge their last-second defeat to the Hoosiers from the regular season.

Indiana beat Kentucky, who have only lost twice all season, on a buzzer-beater in Bloomington to knock the Wildcats off their perch as the top-ranked team in the country back in December.

On Friday, Kentucky will knock Indiana out of the NCAA tournament.

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The Wildcats have cruised to the Sweet 16 with wins over Western Kentucky and Iowa State, winning by an average of 15.5 points per contest. 

Kentucky is rolling right now and have lost just one time since their December defeat to Indiana. The Wildcats have more talent than any other team in the country, and will display that talent to the Hoosiers on Friday.

Marquis Teague could end up being the Wildcats MVP on Friday, since the Hoosiers have no one who can guard the freshman point guard. Teague leads Kentucky in scoring and assists this season, and makes smart decisions with the basketball.

Freshman forward Anthony Davis, who many people believe will be the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, will have his way in the paint against the Indiana big men. Davis has a good mid-range game and is explosive off the dribble, thanks to his tremendous ball-handling skills for a big man. 

The Wildcats will own the Hoosiers in the paint, and if Davis can limit Indiana forward Cody Zeller's success on the boards, then Kentucky will dominate the glass. Zeller is the Hoosiers' only effective rebounder.

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After struggling to beat VCU in the third round, expect Indiana, a team far less talented than Kentucky, to struggle against the top-seeded Wildcats.

The only way for the Hoosiers to have a chance for an upset is if they shoot lights out from beyond the arc, but against the active perimeter defense of the Wildcats, shooting well from three-point land won't be easy.

Kentucky will dominate Indiana in the Sweet 16 and advance to the Elite Eight.

 

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