The 2013 NCAA basketball live stream and TV games on Saturday include a marquee matchup between two of the game’s most storied teams. It will be Kentucky vs. North Carolina in a battle of two ranked teams likely to be among the 2014 NCAA tournament teams next March. The game will be held at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with analysts divided on which team is going to win this one. The latest televised and live streaming NCAA basketball game will be available for fans through ESPN’s networks on Saturday.
The IBTimes.com website reported on Dec. 13 that today’s game features the No.18 team, North Carolina Tar Heels, against the No. 11 team, the Kentucky Wildcats, in a battle of two teams that were previously ranked higher up in the polls, but have since slipped some. Both teams enter the game after recent victories. Kentucky, who had lost to Baylor just recently, bounced back to defeated Boise State by a final of 70-55, while UNC defeated UNC Greensboro by 31 points last week.
Today’s Kentucky team started out the season as the overall favorite, ranked No.1 due to their highly-talented incoming freshmen. That includes superstar Julius Randle, who many analysts believe is among the potential No.1 draft picks for the 2014 NBA Draft. Randle, currently leading the team in points and rebounds, is averaging a double-double in the two categories. He recently commented on the team’s win over Boise State, saying:
“I think this was a step forward for us. We still had some breakdowns and there’s a lot of stuff we could’ve worked on, but it’s a step forward. ... Every game is a learning process for us.”
Today’s game will be a different story for the Wildcats, as they’ll play a team coached by Roy Williams which includes leading scorer Marcus Paige. The 6-foot-1 guard is currently averaging 18.8 points a game. The sophomore guard is also leading the team in assists with 4.5 per game. However, Kentucky plays a very physical game, so the question becomes whether or not the Tar Heels can still play their aggressive game to attack the basket.
Kentucky is currently the 7th-best team in the nation when it comes to rebounding, as they average 44.3 boards a game. Much of that is thanks to Randle, who averages a fourth of those. Others who contribute include Willie Cauley-Stein with 7.7 rpg, and Alex Poythress with 5.9 a game. Carolina is not nearly as good in the rebounding categories, but still ranks 23rd in the nation with 41.5 per game. They also rank 42nd in assists and 66th overall in field goal percentage, as they shoot almost 48% per game.
The odds makers are giving UNC the edge in today’s game, as they are favored at various sports books by as many as 4 points after originally opening as 3-point favorites. The over/under for this game is set at 148 total points for the game at various sports books. The most notable injury listed for today’s game is guard P.J. Hairston for North Carolina.
Saturday's NCAA basketball game featuring Kentucky vs. North Carolina has a scheduled start time of 5:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised in standard and hi-definition for cable or satellite viewers on ESPN. In addition, fans with the WatchESPN broadband sports network can watch this game live streaming online. The service is available as a courtesy from select cable and satellite companies for customers across the United States. See more info here about how to watch this game online.