NCAA TOURNAMET | Cats Down Buffalo For A Ticket To Atlanta

03/17/2018 09:33 PM

The fifth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team (26-10) defeated the 13-seeded Buffalo Bulls (27-9) 95-75 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Round of 32. The game was played in Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University in Idaho.

Freshman point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way for Kentucky with 27 points, six assists, two steals and eight rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo had one of his best games in a UK uniform, scoring 22 points, two blocks, a steal and an assist and eight rebounds (six on the defensive glass).

Freshman forward P.J. Washington and sophomore forward Wenyen Gabriel each scored in double figures for the Cats with 12 and 16, respectively. Gabriel found his three-point shot again after the Cats went 0-6 against Davidson, knocking down 3-5.

As a team, UK shot 56.6 percent from the field, 47.7 from three-point range and nearly 70 percent from the free-throw line.

With freshman forward Kevin Knox and sophomore forward Sacha Killeya-Jones each picking up four fouls and Washington with three- the Cats’ bench stepped up to add 24 points, outscoring the Buffalo bench by seven.

Kentucky dominated the Bulls in the paint, 44-30 and beat them off the fast-break 11-7. They held Buffalo to 38.8 percent from the field and just 22.6 percent from the three.

UB senior guard Wes Clark scored 26 for the Bulls and gave his team six assists, a block and three rebounds. Buffalo had 30 boards to Kentucky’s 42. Two other Bulls managed to score in double-figures.

The Cats will head to Atlanta, Georgia where they will face the winner of UMBC and Kansas State. Those two face off Sunday, March 18 at 7:45 p.m. eastern. 16-seed UMBC advanced to the round of 32 after upsetting number-one Virginia 74-54 Thursday night.

The Sweet 16 match-up will take place Thursday, March 22 in Phillips Arena. Time is still TBD.

The Kentucky players say they’re excited for a Sweet 16 game in “Catlanta”:

The UK players react to the crowd in Boise rooting for Buffalo:

The more experienced Buffalo squad felt very confident heading into the match-up. The Kentucky players heard about it, took it as disrespect and used it as motivation:

Gilgeous-Alexander led the way for Kentucky with 27 points. His teammates said no team has an answer for their point guard:

After a first-half three-point bucket to end a Buffalo run, Gilgeous-Alexander “shushed” the Bulls crowd. His teammates like that version of SGA:

Diallo’s play was critical for Kentucky in Boise. His teammates said this Diallo at his very best:

The Kentucky players discussed the adjustments they made after three players got in foul trouble early:


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