NCAA Tournament | UK Downs Davidson In Clash Of The Cats

03/16/2018 10:48 AM

The Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball team (25-10) defeated the Davidson Wildcats (21-12) 78-73 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday night in Boise, Idaho.

It was a packed house in Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University and the Davidson Wildcats came out firing on all cylinders, shooting 20 percent from the three-point line. UK led by ten heading into the locker room at the half.

Davidson out-scored UK in the second half, 49-44, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the 5/12 seed upset.

As a team UK shot 51 percent from the field. It wasn’t a good night for Kentucky outside the arc, though. A made three-pointer streak of over 1,000 games came to a halt in the first round of the tournament as the Cats went 0-6 in the game.

Freshman forward Kevin Knox led all scorers with 25 points, going 8-16 from the field, 9-11 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and an assist.

Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 19 points and seven rebounds and freshman forward finished with 11 points.

Davidson guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson gave the Wildcats 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.

UK had 10 fast-break points and kept Davidson scoreless off the fast break. They won the battle in the paint 36-20 and out-rebounded Davidson 36 to 28.

Kentucky is back in action Saturday in Boise for the round of 32, facing the 13th-seeded Buffalo Bulls at 5:15 p.m. eastern on CBS.

Buffalo players react to playing Kentucky:

Kentucky players react to ending the three-point streak:

Kentucky’s freshmen react to getting their first NCAA Tournament win:

UK freshman forward Kevin Knox on the tournament expectations:

Kentucky players on going inside vs. shooting the three:

On redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo’s play:

The Kentucky players on Knox’s play:

UK players on freshman forward Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s play:

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at


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