Heading Into the Georgia Dome
Tonight features a must-win scenario between Indiana and Kentucky. Both teams are vying for a spot in the elite 8 and a chance to win the NCAA Mens Basketball Championship. The sweet 16 kicked off yesterday night and displayed some closely contested games; tonight should be no different.
So much is on the line for both these teams. For some, it will be the last time they ever step onto a basketball court in their collegiate career. They want to put it all on the line and bring a championship home for them and for their schools.
Coming into this game, Indiana sports an overall record of 27-8 and are 11-7 in the Big Ten. They got into the sweet 16 tournament by beating Virginia Commonwealth by a final score of 63-61.
For Kentucky, they come into this game with an overall record of 34-2 and are 16-0 in the SEC. They advanced into the sweet 16 by beating Iowa State with a final score of 87-71. They are the number one seed in their division, and many are picking them to win the entire tournament.
For Indiana, they rely on Cody Zeller and Christian Watford for their offensive production. Zeller is averaging 15.5 points per game with 6.5 rebounds per game. Watford is averaging 12.2 points per game 5.8 rebounds per game.
For the Wildcats, they rely on production from Antony Davis, Doron Lamb, and Terrence Jones. Davis is averaging 14.3 points per game with over 10.1 rebounds per game. Lamb is averaging 13.4 points per game with 2.8 rebounds per game. Jones is averaging 12.6 with 7.2 rebounds per game.
Key to Victory
Both of these teams have a rich history of winning championships. The Wildcats have seven and Indiana has five. That’s an incredible 12 titles shared between them. For Indiana, they will need to use their big men and dominate the boards early on. They will need Zeller to have a stellar game as well on the offensive end to come out victorious.
For the Wildcats, they will need to simply execute on the perimeter and keep this game out of reach for the Hoosiers. They will need Lamb and Davis to be productive on both ends of the floor to send them into the elite 8.