Kentucky Staves Off Upset, Squeaks By Wichita State

Kentucky Staves Off Upset, Squeaks By Wichita State

Louisville has taken a 36-28 halftime lead over MI by hitting 3-pointers - something the Wolverines usually do. "I never played defense before".

"He pump-faked Dom, so I had to help my teammate", Adebayo said. I'm sure they're reading this. "So I wish we had that to do over again, but we don't". But these guys guarded it. Shamet's confidence was tested to the the highest-level of play in his career.

The loss ended the Shockers' NCAA Tournament run, which apparently didn't sit well with Lynn Marshall, wife of Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall. A Fox pullup gave Kentucky the lead at the 11:27 mark, and Isaiah Briscoe's 3-pointer a minute later made it 11-6.

While Wichita State poses a potential concern, Kentucky's players are staying focused on themselves instead of thinking outside the box. Last time, it was No. 8 seed Kentucky that ruined top-seeded Wichita State's flawless season in 2014. Center Bam Adebayo scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.

"It's on me", said Shamet, "I'm the point guard". The Shockers have not tasted defeat since January 14, and enter the game against the Cats with a 16 game winning streak. "I seen that nobody was really scoring". "Bam got most of it, but I got a little bit of it".

Two turnovers in two minutes midway through the half by guard Daishon Smith hurt, although only one led to a basket. Kentucky now owns a 2-0 series against Wichita State. Fox, with emphasis, flushed the dunk and ignited the crowd as Kentucky pulled ahead to lead by seven points with four minutes left in play.

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UK's not been an elite defense team all season, but it looked elite on that end of the floor against a top-10 team in Wichita State.

- Wichita State advanced out of Friday's first round with a 64-58 victory against No. 7 seed Dayton, limiting the Flyers to 31 percent field goal shooting (18 of 58).

The ACC led all conferences with nine NCAA Tournament invitations and was billed as the best league in the nation this season. As a Wichita State superfan, we're rooting for her to be as loud and passionate as she wants - up to the point where she's being visited by security several times and eventually escorted from the arena.

- The Shockers' starting lineup is comprised entirely of underclassmen.

Thanks to blocks on each of Wichita State's final two possessions, Kentucky hung on for a 65-62 win on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, advancing to the Sweet 16 after a back-and-forth, down-to-the-wire game that felt similar to the one in 2014 that launched a raw, young Wildcats team to the Final Four.

- The Wildcats won their third consecutive SEC regular-season championship and their 48th in school history.

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