Tonight's 2013 NCAA basketball live stream and television schedule features several of the top 25 teams in the nation under the spotlight. While ranked teams Oklahoma State and Connecticut will play unranked opponents, the marquee matchup of the night features Kentucky vs. Baylor in a huge stadium. The game will put the spotlight on the two conferences, the SEC and the Big 12, as well as several emerging stars in college basketball. The latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game will be a part of ESPN's schedule on Friday.
According to a Dec. 6 ESPN.com report, tonight's game is part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The two teams come in ranked in the top 20 teams of the nation, with Kentucky at No.3 and Baylor at No. 20. Both teams are 7-1 overall, suffering early season losses, with Kentucky getting upset by then No. 2 Michigan State back on Nov. 12, and Baylor losing to No. 8 Syracuse back on Nov. 27. Tonight they'll both be on display at the NCAA Final Four site for 2014.
Wildcats coach John Calipari said of tonight's matchup and the potential for a huge atmosphere at AT&T Stadium in Arlington:
"We aren't going to have 80,000 (fans) there but my hope is that because of the games that are being played there, everybody is ranked, it's going to be a terrific environment. I haven't been in the building but everybody tells me it's just ridiculous. They are moving the court to one side, but the court will be raised, so it will be like that kind of environment. I am excited."
Kentucky has been heralded for their young recruits, especially Julius Randle, who has been mentioned along with Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins as a potential No.1 draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Baylor is being praised for their size, with Cory Jefferson leading the team in scoring (13.5 ppgs) and rebounding at 8.8 boards a game. Rico Gathers is adding 6.4 rebounds to make a formidable frontcourt known as the "Twin Towers" by some analysts.
The Bears are among four teams from the Big 12 currently in the top 25, joining No. 6 Kansas, No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 17 Iowa State. They rank at 33rd in the nation in rebounding pulling down 41 per game, while they also rank 44th in assists and 23rd in field goal percentage. With multiple one-loss teams in their conference, this will be an early test for them, even if it's out of conference, as Kentucky will give them a look at one of the more talented young teams in the nation, who could be among Final Four contenders.
Kentucky, which is coming off a 14-point victory over the Providence Friars is fourth in rebounds with 46.9 per game and 27th in points a game, as they average 84.5 per contest. Will Baylor be able to control the game against the young recruits? This will certainly be a part of coach Calipari's freshmen learning curve to show just what his team is capable of against potential tournament teams.
Both these teams will likely be among those in the 2014 NCAA Tournament when March Madness arrives next year, but whether or not they'll play at this site as part of the Final Four remains to be seen. Tonight's game could be an early barometer to indicate which of these teams could be among the last four remaining squads when the dust settles in the 2014 tournament.
Odds makers have Kentucky as the favorites tonight, as they are currently favored by 4 1/2 points at various sports books. The over/under total for the game is set at 142 points at various books. There are no notable injuries listed for either squad in tonight's contest.
Friday night's Kentucky vs. Baylor college basketball game has a scheduled start time of 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be featured on TV via ESPN for cable and satellite television viewers. It will also be a part of the live streaming online network, WatchESPN, which is available for customers of participating cable and satellite companies. See more info here about how to watch the live online feed by area or provider.