However, the game against Kentucky didn’t start so hot. They found themselves in foul trouble early with nine fouls in the first 14 minutes of the game.
On top of that, the Bulls couldn’t slow down the athleticism of the Wildcats early. Kentucky G Shai lGilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox started the game hot shooting 10-11 with 25 points in the first half.
Meanwhile, Buffalo also took advantage of the Wildcats being in foul trouble as well. In fact, they shot 11-12 from the free throw line in the first. The Bulls also started slow shooting from deep going 0-7 at the midway point of the first half. Then, Buffalo turned it on and went five for their next seven from deep.
The Wildcats had some pretty big names in foul trouble at halftime with Kevin Knox having three and PJ Washington having two. But, the bench stepped up and scored 16 points in the first half. Because of the strong play by the Wildcats’ bench and the efficient scoring of Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky led at halftime 51-42.
Coming out of the half, the Bulls came out hot forcing three turnovers and bringing the lead to just four points five minutes into the second. They held the Wildcats to just five points in the first five minutes.
The Bulls kept up the great pace, and maintained a manageable deficit losing by only six with 10 minutes to play.
But Gilgeous-Alexander continued to outplay Buffalo’s defense. He had 26 points on 10-12 shooting with eight minutes left. Gilgeous-Alexander was all over the place nabbing 6 rebounds and 3 assists up to this point as well.
At this point, the Wildcats started to pull away from the Bulls. Washington and Hamidou Diallo hit some big shots to bring the lead up to 15 with just five minutes left.
At this point, the Wildcats just pulled away. They led by 20 points after an emphatic dunk by Diallo with less than two minutes left in the game. Diallo had 16 points in the second half, and went on a 21-8 run to end the game.
The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Buffalo Bulls 95-75 and are headed to the Sweet Sixteen.