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2 Kentucky vs. 15 Northern Kentucky

March 15, 2017 GMT

Bing Predicts winner: Kentucky (81 percent)Region: SouthLocation: Indianapolis, IndianaOpening line: UK -19Tipoff time: 9:40 p.m. EST (Friday)In a battle for Bluegrass State supremacy, Northern Kentucky finds itself in the NCAA tournament in just its fifth year of eligibility. The Norse have four players averaging double figures, led by sophomore forward Drew McDonald (16.4 points per game), but Kentucky is simply too athletic and skilled to be upset in the first round this year.

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