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Kentucky Basketball vs Davidson Wildcats Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers and Early Odds Set

An early preview of Kentucky Wildcats vs Davidson Wildcats and what you need to know for Thursday.

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The Kentucky Wildcats will begin NCAA Tournament play Thursday when the face the Davidson Wildcats

The game is slated to tip off at 7:10 pm EST on Thursday, March 15th. It will be broadcast on CBS with Brian Anderson, Chris Webber and Lisa Byington on the call.

According to Oddsshark, UK is an early 6-point favorite. About 25 minutes after this game ends, Arizona and Buffalo will face off with those other Wildcats being eight-point favorites.

Hours after winning its 31st SEC Tournament title, UK extended its national record for most NCAA Tournament appearances to 57 on Sunday, as the team was selected as the No. 5 seed in the South Region.

Now, they’ll face Wildcats No. 12 seed Davidson in the South Region on Thursday, March 15 in Boise, Idaho.

UK is 45-10 in tournament openers and has won 24 of its last 25 first round tournament games. UK owns a 124-50 record all-time in NCAA action, with its .712 winning percentage the fifth-best in NCAA history.

This is the second time in program history the Wildcats have earned a No. 5 seed in the annual event. The only previous time was in 2000 when the Wildcats played in Cleveland, defeating St. Bonaventure 85-80, then before falling to Syracuse, 52-50.

Davidson is 21-11 on the year and has won eight of its last nine games, including the Atlantic-10 Tournament to make it into the Big Dance. This league produced a pair of at-league teams this season in St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island, both of whom Davidson beat to score an automatic bid.

UK owns a 1-0 record all-time against Davidson in the NCAA Tournament, defeating the Wildcats 75-55 in the opening round in 1986 in Charlotte.