Kentucky's kids rally for 65-62 win over Wichita State

Kentucky's kids rally for 65-62 win over Wichita State

March 19th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Sports

Kentucky's Bam Adebayo, left, heads to the basket as Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr. (21) defends during the first half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Bam Adebayo had a double-double and swatted away the final shot on Sunday as Kentucky sent Wichita State to yet another second-round heartbreak, 65-62 in the NCAA Tournament.

The youngest team in March Madness grew up in the closing minutes.

Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds. De'Aaron Fox had 14 points, including a late steal and dunk. Malik Monk blocked a shot and made a pair of free throws in the final 13 seconds. Adebayo clinched it by blocking Landry Shamet's 3-pointer shot at the buzzer.

Yes, Kentucky's freshman trio did it all.

Wham, Bam, move on 'Cats (31-5), right into the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in nine years.

And wipe tears away again, Shockers (31-5).

Three years ago, Wichita State was 35-0 when it lost to Kentucky in the second round, crestfallen after Fred Van Vleet's 3-pointer missed at the buzzer of Kentucky's 78-76 win. This time, their attempt at a tying 3 never had a chance. Shamet finished with 20 points.

BIG PICTURE

Wichita State: Coach Gregg Marshall referred to Adebayo as "a mountain of a man" and someone the Shockers had to control to have a chance. The 6-foot-10, 260-pound freshman had 15 points and 18 rebounds - the third-most for Kentucky in an NCAA Tournament game - during an opening win over Northern Kentucky. The Shockers limited him to two points and five rebounds in the first half, but lost track of him a couple times early in the second half for dunks that got him started.

Kentucky: Monk - the ACC's player of the year - missed all of his six shots from beyond the arc and finished with 12 points in the opening-round victory. Coach John Calipari later said he's been limited by a bruised lower back. Against the Shockers, he was 3 of 10 in 29 minutes.

TOURNAMENT RARITY

The rematch marked only the second time in NCAA Tournament history that a pair of 30-win teams played in the first weekend. On March 24, 2008, No. 2 Tennessee (30-4) beat No. 7 Butler (30-3) in overtime 76-71 in the second round.

UP NEXT

Kentucky faces No. 3 UCLA or No. 6 Cincinnati next Friday in Memphis, the site of the South Regional.

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