Marquis Teague played his best game (24 points, seven assists) as a Wildcat in the round of 32 victory over Iowa State. The Indianapolis product had a strong second half against Indiana in UK's loss at Bloomington. The Hoosier State product figures to be jacked for the rematch.
Indiana junior Jordan Hulls shoots 43.9 percent on three-pointers (he had three treys against UK last time) and had 22 points in IU's first-round NCAA tourney win over New Mexico State. If the game is close, you don't foul Hulls. He's making 89.9 percent from the line.
Doron Lamb has found his shot in the NCAA tourney (12-for-20, 7-for-11 three-pointers) after struggling in the SEC Tournament (12-for-33; 4-for-15 three-pointers). The Kentucky sophomore had 19 points in the first IU game, but missed a crucial late free throw.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo (O-la-dee-po) had nine points, five rebounds and six assists in the round-of-32 victory over Virginia Commonwealth. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is averaging 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds on the season.
Where has Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's offense gone? The UK freshman had only two points against Iowa State and has failed to score in double figures in seven of Kentucky's past 11 games. Always playing with a revved motor, MKG does have 14 total rebounds in two Big Dance tilts.
Indiana's Will Sheehey made the game-winning jumper in the Hoosiers' 63-61 comeback win against VCU. A 6-6 sophomore, the Stuart, Fla., product is averaging 11 points in the NCAA tourney.
Terrence Jones was famously AWOL in Kentucky's regular-season loss to Indiana with four points and one rebound in 28 minutes. But the 6-8 sophomore has been very much present and accounted for in post-season play. After arguably being Kentucky's best player in the SEC Tournament (14 ppg, 10.3 rpg), Jones is averaging 15 points and 10.5 rebounds in the NCAAs.
Indiana's Christian Watford hit the shot heard around Kentuckiana when his buzzer-beater stunned UK in December. The 6-9 junior (12.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg on the season) has made 11 of 21 shots in the Big Dance.
Anthony Davis is shooting 63.6 percent for the season, but the UK freshman big man has made "only" 23 of 47 shots in five post-season tourney games. Still, Davis fell one rebound short against Western Kentucky of having recorded a double-double in all five Kentucky tournament contests so far. Remember, in UK's loss to IU, Davis played only 24 minutes because of a rare bout of foul trouble.
Indiana's 6-11 Cody Zeller, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, leads IU in scoring (15.5), rebounding (6.5) and field-goal percentage (62.2). The younger brother of North Carolina center Tyler Zeller and former Notre Dame center Luke Zeller had a double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) against VCU.
The aggressive play John Calipari has long called for from Darius Miller? It was on display against Iowa State, with UK's senior swingman hunting shots (19 points) and ripping rebounds from the hands of foes (six boards). Freshman big man Kyle Wiltjer is a 41.6-percent three-point shooter for the season but has logged only 11 minutes so far in the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana will be without valuable veteran guard Verdell Jones III, who tore an ACL in the Big Ten Tournament. Louisville product Remy Abell, a freshman from Eastern High School, has picked up a lot of Jones' clock. The 6-3 guard is 3-for-7 from the field in the NCAAs. Big men Tom Pritchard and Derek Elston both have ample starting experience. Guard Matt Roth is a long-range shooting threat.
ESPN's constant showing of an ad that featured Watford's game-winner against the Cats kept that wound fresh for the Kentucky players all winter. UK figures to be well-motivated for the Hoosiers. After three lean years while Indiana recovered from the aftermath of Kelvin Sampson-era NCAA probation, the Hoosiers' fan base is stoked by IU's current tournament run. There should be a good showing of Cream and Crimson in the Georgia Dome. Still, there is a reason the nickname "Cat-lanta" came into being. Expect UK to have an edge in the stands.