Kentucky vs. Hampton: Date, Time, Channel & Line

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The stage has been set. Kentucky will be taking its pursuit of perfection to the Midwest bracket as the No. 1 seed. The Wildcats earned an automatic bid after not only finishing first in the SEC for the regular season, but also winning the conference tournament. Last year, as the No. 8 seed, Kentucky broke Wichita State’s perfect season in the third round and advanced to the championship game where they fell to UConn, 60-54.

The Wildcats will be going up against Hampton, which beat Manhattan in Tuesday night’s First Four game to earn a bid to the Round of 64.

Hampton University just might be the biggest underdog of this year’s field of 68. In a battle of the No. 5 seed versus the No. 6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Pirates proved the number of your seed is just that, a number.

Hampton bypassed No. 3 Maryland-Eastern Shore, 76-71, No. 2 Norfolk State, 75-64, and No. 5 Delaware State, 82-61, to earn their first automatic bid since 2011.

The Pirates headed into March Madness posting a 16-17 overall and 8-8 MEAC record – making them just the ninth team with a losing record to advance to the NCAA Tournament since 2000.

Here’s what you need to know about the game:


The Basics

Who:

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Hampton

What:

NCAA Tournament Second Round

When:

Thursday, March 19

Where:

KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Bracket Region:

Midwest

Time:

9:40 p.m. Eastern

Channel:

CBS

Line:

The opening line isn’t out yet. We’ll post it here as soon as there is one.


Stats You Need to Know


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Scouting Kentucky

Record: 34-0 overall, 18-0 SEC
Coach: John Calipari, 6th season
Offensive Points Per Game: 74.6
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 53.4
Scoring Leaders: Aaron Harrison, 11.2 ppg, Devin Booker, 10.9 ppg
Rebounding Leader: Karl-Anthony Towns, 6.6 rpg
Assists Leader: Andrew Harrison, 3.8 apg


Scouting Hampton

Record: 17-17 overall, 8-8 MEAC

Coach: Edward Joyner Jr., 6th season

Offensive Points Per Game: 67.2

Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 68.0

Scoring Leader: Dwight Meikle, 13.0

Rebounding Leader: Dwight Meikle, 7.0

Assists Leader: Deron Powers, 3.7


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