The NCAA selection committee revealed its 68-team bracket for the tournament, and Providence star Bryce Hopkins predicted he would face Kentucky, where he previously played before transferring. The Panthers’ Blake Hinson faces his old team Iowa State, both games taking place under the same roof but in different regions. This scenario may become more common in the transfer-portal era, with freer player movement evolving into de facto free agency. As players lead their new teams in scoring, the two reunions will take place on Friday. The tournament has already produced one such matchup with Arizona State’s Desmond Cambridge Jr. Bryce Hopkins is leading Providence and is not looking at the game with Kentucky as a “revenge game.” Hopkins arrived at Kentucky as a four-star recruit but was buried on the bench. He left for Providence and has averaged 16.1 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.

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