Shocker report: Kentucky 65, Wichita State 62


"Landry was playing so well I rather it in his hands".

That perceived slight did little to quell their confidence in pregame interviews before the matchup with the Wildcats, and translated into several head-turning statements.

"That was big", said Fox. They were one of the best teams in the country by most metrics, but only received a No. 10 seed. Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr. told a Lexington, Kentucky, news station that Kentucky was "nothing special".

The 2015 team responded with a 39-point win over West Virginia. The shots will be noted, but it's Monk's block on Markis McDuffie with 13 seconds left (followed by two free throws on the other end) that helped Kentucky advance to their 25th Sweet 16 appearance in school history.

WSU freshman guard Austin Reaves will undergo surgery to fix the labrum in his right shoulder now that the season is complete, he said. "Just play solid. I just contested well". "It kind of doesn't really get under your skin, but kind of just refocuses you, honestly, gets you in the right mindset".

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.

"That's a rarity", Marshall said. "We're going to keep those guys fresh". "They pump faked, Dom jumped, so I was like, I gotta jump". Off a broken down offensive set with Shamet firing from deep late in the shot-clock, Rashard Kelly pulled in the rebound and found Zach Brown for an open 3-pointer.

Three years ago, Wichita State was 35-0 when it lost to Kentucky 78-76 in the second round, crestfallen after Fred Van Vleet's 3-pointer missed at the buzzer. He made a crisp three-point shot from the left corner to push Kentucky's lead to 48-44.

"Oh it was wonderful", Bam Adebayo's mother told WKYT. "I don't know", Marshall said. Trash talking is not for me. I just stick with my teammates and we get things done. "We're not scared to play any team on this planet earth". When they finally made a decision to kick Marshall out, Hardman reported that the security guard said, "Since it's the Head Coach's wife we have to be delicate". "It's been opening the game up for the guards".

Adebayo delivered his second straight double-double. The thousands of United Kingdom fans in attendance collectively held their breath, but Adebayo only had one thing on his mind at first.

Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox is blazing fast and he turned on the jets for big baskets twice in the second half.

"It matters what we think". (Kentucky had been No. 5 in KenPom, by the way.) Then, rather than getting in a bracket with more beatable No. 2 seeds such as Arizona or Louisville, Wichita instead got two-seed that'd handed them their most painful loss ever.

Though this past year's team only featured two junior college prospects, in the past staples of Wichita State such as Cleanthony Early, Darius Carter, Nick Wiggins, and Carl Hall all came to Marshall's squad from the junior college ranks.

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