After knocking out last year’s champions, the Kentucky Wildcats are set to meet the Michigan Wolverines this Sunday at 5:05 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium, at the March Madness Elite Eight round.
The Wildcats upset the Louisville Cardinals, champions in 2013, by beating them 74-69 in what could be the best game of the entire tournament. “I told them before the game, you’ll get punched in the mouth and you’re going to taste blood,” coach John Calipari said. “You can fight or you can brace yourself for the next shot. They fought.”
Alex Poythress was the star of the night with scoring five points and making a huge defensive play in the last minutes. “Alex Poythress won the game for us,” Calipari added. “We were begging him the whole game to start playing, and he played at the right time.”
Michigan, on the other hand, was really close of being upset by the Tennessee Volunteers after they were leading by 15 points. The Wolverines held in the last minutes and won 73-71 to advance.
“It’s a guess, that’s all it is,” Michigan coach John Beilein said of the seedings. “And so, what it is, is, you’ve got eight teams right now, and these are the eight best teams in the country, no matter where they were seeded.”
Kentucky is a 2 point favorite in the betting odds for this March Madness elite eight matchup. The game total was set at 141 points.