This Sunday the Michigan Wolverines take on the Kentucky Wildcats in a matchup between the schools with the winningest football team and winningest basketball team. This matchup is a special one for me because my father went to Kentucky. As such this article will not be why you should hate Kentucky, it will simply be why Michigan will win. So now it is time to beat your opponent: The Kentucky Wildcats.
- Following losing the title game in 1992, an underdog Michigan team led by dynamic and athletic sophomores upset a favored Kentucky team 81-78 in OT. Following losing the title game in 2013, an underdog Michigan team led by dynamic and athletic sophomores will face a favored Kentucky team.
- Of Kentucky's five freshman, ZERO had been born when that game was played.
- Last year Michigan narrowly avoided losing their third tournament game, then went on to blow out an SEC team. This year Michigan narrowly avoided losing their third tournament game and now play an SEC team.
- For the third straight game Jordan Morgan will be told he can't handle the opposing big men. How does JoMo respond to such disrespect? With 30 points and 17 rebounds in 2 games, vs 19 points and 8 rebounds by the THREE big men who were such a matchup problem for him.
- Kentucky's combined starting lineup will have played less games than Jordan Morgan.
- Kentucky leads the league in Free Throw attempts and 26% of their offense comes from it. Michigan leads the league in not fouling. Something has to give and based on yesterday's game, it won't be Jordan Morgan and the Wolverines. (click on image for gif)
Cauley-Stein is injured. Jordan Morgan is not.
Michigan has three sophomores with 9 NCAA tournament games under their belt and two years in the best conference in the league. Michigan has one senior with 12 NCAA tournament games under his belt and five years in the best conference in the league. Kentucky has 2 sophomores with 3 NCAA tournament games and 1 NIT loss to Robert Morris under their belt. Kentucky does not have a contributing senior.
Michigan has played against Arizona, Duke, Iowa State, Stanford, Wofford, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska (x2), Iowa (x2), Ohio (x2), Wisconsin (x2), and Michigan State (x3) for a combined record of 13-6 vs NCAA tournament teams. Kentucky has played against Providence, Baylor, North Carolina, Louisville (x2), Tennessee, Kansas State, Wichita State, Florida (x3) and Michigan State for a combined record of 6-6 vs NCAA tournament teams.
While Kentucky had this (click on image for gif):
Kentucky is finally playing well. Michigan has been playing well for a long time.
Kentucky has fought their coach all year long. Michigan? We Work.
Wolverines are better than Wildcats.