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Eric Bledsoe says Kentucky would beat 76ers in 7-game series

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Could Kentucky beat the 76ers in a seven-game series? At least one former Wildcat and current NBA player thinks so.

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The Philadelphia 76ers are the worst team in the NBA, a lifeless group that's lost its first 10 games of the 2014-15 season. The Kentucky Wildcats are the best team in college basketball, a recruiting juggernaut that positively wrecked another national power, Kansas, on Tuesday.

Those two facts have some wondering just how much separates the two teams, and on Wednesday, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said he'd take the 'Cats in a seven-game series.

"I’m definitely taking Kentucky," Bledsoe told Brian Geltzeiler and Malik Rose Wednesday morning on SiriusXM Radio when asked who would in a 7-game series. "I think Philly would get probably, maybe one game. I know they’re (Sixers fans) gonna be mad, but I love my Wildcats. "

Now, to be clear, Bledsoe isn't exactly impartial here. The 24-year-old spent his one year of college under John Calipari in Lexington, and helped lead the Wildcats to a 35-3 record as part of a dominant backcourt with now-Wizards point guard John Wall. He's going to support his college program, and it's possible that's what he's doing here.

It's also possible that he genuinely believes Kentucky could beat the Sixers, because that's just how miserable Philadelphia has become. Through 10 games, the 76ers are getting outscored by an average of 15.3 points per 100 possessions -- over five points more than the No. 29 team -- and have lost only two games by fewer than 10 points. Their last four games have included losing margins of 32, 53 and 25.

The Wildcats, on the other hand, appear to be one of the best college teams in recent memory if Tuesday serves as any indication. The Jayhawks are supposed to be one of the best teams in the nation, but Kentucky forced them into one of the worst performances in school history. If Kentucky is this good, and Philly is that bad, you can begin to see Bledsoe's argument.

However, it's still the NBA vs. college, and while it would be nice if all hoops fans would simply get along, it's undeniable that the level of competition between the two is massive. If there's any matchup that might favor a college team, it's the 2014-15 version of Kentucky vs. Philadelphia, but even so, Bledsoe might be stretching things.