A Louisville-Kentucky Final Four matchup, which would be the biggest rivalry game to occur in the Final Four ever, is within reach. The Louisville Cardinals did the hard work, advancing as a #4 seed out of the West. Now, Kentucky merely has to do what most expected with this team, advance to the Final Four.
Can Baylor present a road block? Well, athletically, they should be able to match up on the front line, something that rarely happens for teams that face Kentucky. Baylor’s front line of Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy, and Quincy Miller has the size, length, and athleticism to go against Anthony Davis, Terence Jones, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Baylor doesn’t always play to their size, though. If the athletes decide to go all out, then this can be a battle.
It ultimately comes down, though, to whether Kentucky plays great. In the last two games against Iowa State and Indiana, they have gone 15 of 30 from three point range, while their opponents hit only 8 of 40. If Baylor is going to win, they will need to also match or exceed Kentucky in three point percentage and makes.
The Line: Kentucky by 8. The Pick: Can Baylor beat Kentucky? sure. They probably will not, but they have the athletes to compete, and a couple of three point shooters to play off them, particularly the man of the third round, Brady Heslip. Baylor +8.
Tourney Record to Date: 37-21 against the spread.