VIDEO: NKU-UK preview meeting in NCAA Tournament

UK head coach John Calipari addressed the media on Thursday in Indianapolis. (WKRC/Adam Clements)

CINCINNATI (AP/WKRC) - No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky (24-10) takes on No. 2 Kentucky (29-5) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The two teams meet in Indianapolis at 9:40 p.m. on Local 12.

BOTTOM LINE: Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk averages 20.4 points a game. Northern Kentucky reached the tournament in its first season of eligibility after all of the lower seeds lost in the Horizon League tournament.

BEST FRESHMEN: Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo might be coach John Calipari's best freshman trio. They've combined for 49.9 points, 14.5 rebounds and 7.7 assists a game.

LITTLE EXPERIENCE: Eight of the Norse hadn't played in Division I before this season.

DID YOU KNOW: The teams played one other time, with the Wildcats winning 93-63 at Rupp Arena on Nov. 10, 2013.

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