Turns out, the Wildcats are currently 2.5-point underdogs heading into the Champions Classic.
Even though the Spartans have several key players injured, they still return Cassius Winston, Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry, three guys who were instrumental in getting the Michigan State to the Final Four last season.
Kentucky does return Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year Ashton Hagans, while Immanuel Quickley looks primed for a big jump in his sophomore season, and grad transfer Nate Sestina looks like he’s ready to make a major impact in the frontcourt.
But between EJ Montgomery looking like he’s somehow regressed, the injury to Nick Richards, and the inconsistencies of the incoming freshman, it’s hard to favor these Wildcats over a battle-tested Spartans team like they’ll face Tuesday.
Saying this, it’s still a very winnable game for Kentucky, especially if Richards is able to go and EJ can snap out of whatever is plaguing him right now.