Kentucky shocks Wichita State, advances to the Sweet 16
03/23/2014 05:12 PM
A perfect season ends for Wichita State, but a dream ending is only four games away for Kentucky after the Cats upset the Shockers, 78-76.
The Shockers entered the game undefeated at 35-0 and flexed their muscles early against the young UK team, going up by as many as nine points in the first half and taking a 37-31 lead into the break.
The Cats roared out of halftime, tying the game at 43 points apiece at the 16:05 mark in the second half. That’s when the heavyweight battle ensued, with UK and Wichita State exchanging blow-for-blow down the stretch.
Quite possibly the biggest shot of the season came from James Young, who knocked down a triple with 1:40 to go. That three-pointer gave the Cats a 73-71 lead, one that would not be lost the remainder of the game.
Each time Wichita State would would knock down a shot, Cal’s Cats would answer the bell at the free throw line. Andrew Harrison knocked down a pair. Julius Randle sank two. Andrew Harrison then split at the charity stripe, giving UK a two-point lead.
With 3.2 seconds remaining, Fred Van Vleet would pull up for a potential game winning three for the Shockers. It would miss and Kentucky held on for the win, shocking the previously unbeaten 1-seed.
In the win, the Harrison twins combined for 39 points and Julius Randle added his 22nd double-double with 13 points, 10 rebound and 6 assists.
UK now moves on to the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis, where they’ll face a familiar foe in in-state rival Louisville.