March 29, 2017

WSU & KU look to advance to Sweet 16

20 March 2017, 12:19 | Winifred Adams

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

But, Wichita State closed the gap to 17-16 with 5:44 to play.

Whatever your big takeaway is from the second classic between Kentucky and Wichita State, it better include that the Shockers are a legitimate team that can hang with, and beat, anybody on any given night.

Kentucky (31-5) heads to Memphis for the Sweet 16.

Eighth-seeded Wisconsin took out No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Villanova in a second-round game Saturday, and No. 7 MI ousted No. 2 Louisville on Sunday. The freshman scored 20 points to lead the Shockers. Today he came in early and scored all seven of his points in the first 8:49 of the game.

Adebayo joined Frank Ramsey and Julius Randle as the only Wildcats ever to have double-doubles in each of his first two NCAA Tournament games.

Kentucky's Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, but it wasn't until each delivered a clutch blocked shot in the final 11 seconds that the No. 2 seed Wildcats earned a South Regional Sweet 16 berth.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tyler Dorsey hit a contested go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 38.4 seconds to play, E.C. Matthews airballed a long 3 in the waning moments trying to force overtime, and third-seeded OR rallied in the second half to beat upstart No. 11 Rhode Island on Sunday and reach the Midwest Regional. On its second-to-last possession, Wichita State passed the ball around kind of aimlessly, and a Markis McDuffie three was blocked by Malik Monk.

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Minutes after Monk's heroic play on defense, Adebayo put an exclamation point on the narrow victory when he rejected Landry Shamet's 3-point heave at the buzzer.

Daryl Macon scored 19 points to lead the eighth-seeded Razorbacks (26-10), who did everything right in the second half - except close out the Tar Heels.

Wichita State led by as many as three in the final minutes of the half, but Monk drilled a 3 with two minutes left to put the Wildcats up 24-22.

After Monk's two free throws, it was Adebayo's turn to join the late-game block party. "Haven't seen him for a while". Cats up 40-37. In 2014, Kentucky knocked off the top-seeded Shockers 78-76 when Fred VanVleet's three-pointer bounced off the rim in St. Louis.

Wichita State came into Saturday outrebounding opponents by nine per game. His only blemish was shooting 1 for 4 at the free throw line. For the 13th game in a row, Kentucky's fabulous freshmen had their hands all over another win. "We knew we couldn't foul". "We prepared for this and we're winning so we have to keep this thing going". "So that will be our goal next year".

Although an uncommon move for Monk, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year was "playing just straight-up defense" when it mattered the most.

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