The number one basketball team in the country, the University of Kentucky, looks to continue their undefeated streak to 8-0 as they face Steve Alford and the UCLA Bruins (4-3). Not many can forget the way this game ended last year, with the Cats leading 41-7 at halftime and finishing with a score of 84-44, but will it be that dominant this year? Can UCLA pull off the upset? Most likely the answers to both of those questions will be no. Kentucky may not be as prolific and deep in years past, but they still boast numbers that are hard to beat, especially from the Bruins. The Wildcats hold teams to an average of only 62 points per game while posting an average of 80 points per game along with 41 rebounds. This will be hard to overcome with a not-so-deep team at UCLA. Also, the guard play may be too quick for the Bruins even if Tyler Ulis, who is averaging 13.2 points per game and perhaps one of the best point guards in the nation, does not play (left game against USF with hyperextended elbow, still questionable to play). Jamal Murray (15 ppg) and Isaiah Briscoe (12.2 ppg) is perceived to be more than enough of a threat to the guard play of UCLA. Perhaps the best way to upset the Cats would be to beat them off the offensive glass, which is something that was noticeably weak when playing Duke and USF. Without second chance points, the Bruins may be able to hold the Cats to an upset. However, The Cats may be just too big and too fast for Alford and the Bruins.
Prediction: The Cats pull away with the win after a hard played second half and come out on top by 11 points (78-67?).