UK BASKETBALL | Cats Go Cold as Indiana Advances to Sweet 16
03/19/2016 07:53 PM
This was the big rivalry game that the NCAA had hoped for when they put UK and IU in the same region at the start of this years NCAA Tournament. UK and IU had not met on the court since the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16, that saw UK take a 102-90 victory on their way to their 8th NCAA Title. This years game did not have the same outcome for Big Blue Nation.
Both teams had difficulty getting into any rhythm offensively as 22 fouls were whistled in the first 20 minutes and 46 were called overall in the game. Going into halftime IU held a 1 point lead after a three point attempt by Murray was blocked as time expired.
The start of the second half saw IU push their lead to 6 as UK went unusually cold from the field. The Cats did battle back to take a 3 point lead but were unable to create any separation as, time after time, shots came up short or offensive fouls stalled out possessions. IU was able to retake the lead and go ahead by as many as 11 points as Thomas Bryant asserted himself under the rim and Kentucky had no answer for his size.
Playing in what was more than likely his final game, Tyler Ulis finished with 27 points, 3 assists and 2 steals before fouling out. Ulis, almost single-handedly willed UK back into contention in the last 2 minutes scoring 8 straight points for UK but the Wildcats could get no closer than 2 before Thomas Bryant and Yogi Ferrell shut the door with four straight free throws.
This is also expected to be Jamal Murray’s final game in the blue and white as he and Ulis are both expected to declare for this year’s NBA Draft. Murray finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds but never could find his range from behind the arc as he hit on only 1 of 9 shots from 3 point range.