INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky and Wichita State will face off for just the second time on Sunday, but a classic could be in store if it’s anything like the first matchup.
The Wildcats beat the Shockers 78-76 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The roles were reversed then as Kentucky was a No. 8 seed and Wichita State was a No. 1 seed. Sunday it’ll be the 2nd-seeded Cats and 10th-seeded Shockers.
But Wichita State isn’t an ordinary 10 seed. Coach Gregg Marshall’s squad is ranked 8th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. John Calipari’s crew is No. 5.
“I think they kind of set it up,” Shockers junior forward Darral Willis Jr. said, referring to the selection committee. “They gave us a 10 seed on purpose to play those guys. We won 30 games and only lost four, so you’d think we’d get a (better) seed. But they wanted us to play Kentucky, so I guess that’s what they’re gonna get.”
Kentucky basketball vs. Wichita State game time, details
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 2:40 p.m. ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Vegas Line: Kentucky by 4.5
What TV channel is Kentucky basketball vs. Wichita State on?
The game will be broadcast on CBS.
How can I watch Kentucky basketball vs. Wichita State online?
Who is calling the game?
Play-by-play by Jim Nantz, analysis by Bill Raftery and Grant Hill, sideline reporting by Tracy Wolfson.
How can I listen on the radio?
Play-by-play by Tom Leach, analysis by Mike Pratt on AM-630 (in Lexington).
Kentucky NCAA Tournament game notes
- UK has won 12 consecutive games. It’s the longest winning streak for the Cats since the 2014-15 team won 38 games to begin the season. Calipari has 18 streaks of 10 or more wins in his career.
- The Wildcats’ winning streak is also the second-longest active winning streak in the nation. Who has the longest? None other than Wichita State at 16.