Wheew, what a game last night.
Kentucky was able to beat Davidson by a score of 78-73, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
What went right?
Kevin Knox gave Kentucky a push right when they needed it.
With 5 and a half min left in the game, Kevin Knox decided to put the team on his back. He scored 7 of the Cats next 9 points to put Kentucky ahead 75-69 with 2 min left to go in the game, basically sealing it. There were quite a few points scored after that, but most of them came off of free throws for UK. Kevin took the game over when Kentucky really needed him to while also scoring 25 points in the game. This is the Kevin Knox we need going forward.
Kentucky imposed their will against Davidson.
Each Kentucky player had a couple of inches on their defenders so the game plan was clear; get in the paint. Kentucky scored 36 points in the paint compared to Davidson’s 20. UK also shot 32 free throws while Davidson only got up 17. Davidson could not handle all of Kentucky’s big which led to the physical play we saw during the game. Kentucky was able to stay strong, so they got the victory.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander proves it night in and night out.
Shai almost got a triple double. What?! In what was more of a quiet game from Shai, he still composed the offense to work just how he wanted it to. He was able to put his teammates in the right position at the right time. He did struggle with the ball a bit throughout the game, but he made up for it late when he nailed game-clinching free throws.
Shockingly, Buffalo obliterated Arizona by a score of 89-68. A lot of people were picking Arizona to make it out of the south region, so this was a huge bracket buster.
Do not over look Buffalo just because their a 13 seed. They’re a good team, and if you can remember, Buffalo has given Kentucky trouble in the past. During the infamous 38-1 year, that team played Buffalo in a game at Rupp and they had fits throughout. Nate Oats is doing some great things over at Buffalo, that team will come ready to play.
It’s going to be an eventful next few days in College Basketball and we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on everything that’s going on With UK!