All the reasons why someone CAN beat Kentucky

The Wildcats are 34-0 entering the NCAA tournament. But, that doesn’t mean the championship is a done deal. Here’s why someone can beat Kentucky.

Kentucky basketball players Devin Booker, right, and Karl-Anthony Towns watch the NCAA college basketball tournament selection show at the home of head coach John Calipari, Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (MEDIA GENERAL/WTNH) – Thursday night, the Kentucky Wildcats are expected to easily handle the Hampton Pirates from Virginia. With a spotless record, the Wildcats will likely do well in the tournament, but will they stay unbeaten and win it all? One big question heading into this NCAA tournament: Can Kentucky be beaten?

We took that question to Kels Dayton, executive producer of at WTNH. So, can anyone beat Kentucky? “Believe it or not, yes,” Dayton said.

Already Tested

He said the Wildcats have already been tested several times in a mediocre SEC. Ole Miss, Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia all had real shots at toppling the Wildcats during the regular season.

Midwest Region

In their region (the Midwest), Notre Dame and Maryland each have the talent to play with Kentucky, according to Dayton. “If the Irish were to knock down a bunch of three’s, they’d have a chance to win,” he said.

Winning Is Never Easy

Winning is never easy and a number of teams could beat Kentucky if the situation is right near the end of the tournament.

Wisconsin, which wants another crack at the ‘Cats after losing to them in last year’s Final Four, could take them out in the national semis this year. “The Badgers play a smart, tough, hard-to-prepare-for style and boast the likely National Player of the Year in Frank Kaminsky,” Dayton said.

Arizona, which is loaded with talent, and North Carolina, which has the talent and the size to match up, are other teams that could potentially give the Wildcats problems, according to Dayton.

On the other half of the bracket, Duke, which would meet the ‘Cats in the title game, and Gonzaga, which has plenty of talent and experience itself, would be the best bets to take Kentucky out, Dayton said.

“If Kentucky plays its A-plus game, no one’s going to knock them off. But, if they dip below that, there are several teams that could get hot and stun the Wildcats,” Dayton concluded. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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