Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kentucky Survives Tough Battle with Kansas State in NCAA Tournament

(8) Kentucky 56
(9) Kansas State 49

Final from St. Louis, Missouri

Game recap by UK:

ST. LOUIS - If first impressions are everything, Andrew Harrison's first shots of the night - two free throws before the tip because of a pregame administrative technical foul on Kansas State for dunking in warm-ups - sent pretty strong signals that these UK players, most of them playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, had more than a few nerves to shed.

Andrew Harrison stepped to the line, spun the ball and lofted the shot, just barely grazing the left side of the rim on its downward trajectory.

"Almost shot an air ball left and we bust out laughing," John Calipari said. "Think about it, this kid is 18 years old in the NCAA Tournament, never been here."

Instead of clamming up, UK clamped down on the defensive end.

The eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (25-10) shook off the early jitters and passed the first test in their NCAA Tournament journey, grinding their way to a 56-49 victory over ninth-seeded Kansas State (20-13) in the opening round for both teams.

There were some tense moments at the end when the Wildcats from Manhattan, Kan., cut a 13-point deficit to just six points in the closing seconds, but UK did enough defensively Friday night to set up a dream matchup with No. 1 seed Wichita State. On Sunday at approximately 2:45 p.m. ET, it will be the team that some predicted could go undefeated at the beginning of the season (UK) vs. the one that actually is (Wichita State).

"They play really hard," Coach Cal said of Wichita State. "They have really good players. You don't go 35 or 36-0 or whatever they are without having really good players. And they have really good players. And they play hard and compete."

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

To bad they will lose next game

Anthony Wireman said...

Care to revise?

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