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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It’ll take more than encounter, grit and a double-digit dream to hit these kids from Kentucky out from the NCAA Tournament.
Namely, it’ll get someone to slow down Shai Gilgeous-Alexander great fellow freshmen, who are zeroing within on the finer points of the Sara Calipari Hoop School at exactly the right time.
Kentucky put an end to any kind of upset talk on its view Saturday, getting 27 points, 6 rebounds and six assists through Gilgeous-Alexander in a 95-75 pullaway through scrappy, veteran 13th-seeded Buffalo.
Gilgeous-Alexander went 10 for 12 plus made both of his 3-point attempts to send fifth-seeded Kentucky (26-10) to the Sweet 16 for the 2nd straight season.
“We are unskilled and all that stuff, ” Calipari said. “But I’ve got great players. ”
Coming into the day, the particular basketball world was still reverberating from Maryland-Baltimore County’s 16 versus 1 stunner over Virginia the night time before. Villanova and Duke each rolled in their games early; overnight time slate started with Kentucky, as well as the Wildcats, with their all-freshman starting selection, trailed only once: 2-0.
“We learn about those upsets, ” said Wenyen Gabriel, one of Kentucky’s rare sophomores, who finished with 16 factors and 12 rebounds. “It simply tells us to lock in some more, plus focus. ”
This didn’t become a runaway until the last 7 moments.
Buffalo (27-9), which got right here with a 21-point blowout over Number 4 Arizona, twice trimmed the double-digit lead to five midway with the second half.
Gilgeous-Alexander answered each times – once with a 3-pointer to extend the lead back to 8, then again a few minutes later with a three-point play that started a 12-2 run and put the game away.
“We didn’t have an answer for your pet, ” Bulls coach Nate Rolled oats said. “He was a major problem for all of us defensively. ”
Not the only one.
Hamidou Diallo also went off — going 9 for 12 plus scoring all but four of their 22 points in the second fifty percent while the Wildcats were putting this on cruise.
The team that will went 0 for 6 through 3-point range Thursday in its make an impression on Davidson, snapping a record streak of just one, 047 games with at least one 3 or more, went 7 for 15 with this one. Buffalo also made 7 – but it took 31 tries.
“There’s a reason three of those men are supposed to go in the first round, along with a couple more are going to be pros, inch Oats said of Kentucky’s NBA draft prospects. “Cal’s got all of them playing really well at the right time of the year. ”
The Wildcats have gained nine of 10 since nipping a four-game losing streak within February.
And about that UMBC earn – it could impact Kentucky greater than you know. When Tennessee lost the one-point game to Loyola-Chicago soon after Kentucky wrapped up Saturday, the particular Wildcats found themselves seeded at the rear of only No . 2 Cincinnati within the South. There’s a possibility they could associated with Final Four without having to face actually one single-digit seed.
“Coach continues to be telling us this whole 7 days that you never know what can happen with this tournament, ” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We don’t focus on any other team. We all just try to get better every online game and put it on the next challenger. ”
Senior Wes Clark simon had an electric day for the Bulls again, but it wasn’t enough. He or she finished with 26 points yet closed his career at 0-5 against the Wildcats. The first four deficits came before he transferred through Missouri.
NO OFFENSE TAKEN
Rolled oats said he apologized to Calipari for saying the Kentucky trainer “whined” all the time about having a lot of freshmen. Both coaches said it had been overblown and there were no tough feelings. “There’s nothing there. Your dog is a great guy and a heck of the coach, ” Calipari said.
Calipari on getting flak from players who now create millions in the NBA, but exactly who he wouldn’t start, or provide enough touches to, when they had been at Kentucky: “You ask DeMarcus (Cousins) or Anthony (Davis), inquire Devin (Booker). He’s still crazy I didn’t start him. Devin Booker had 70 in a NBA game and I didn’t start your pet. Or Eric Bledsoe. He says ‘You held me out. ‘ I actually say, ‘You’re doing all right. Are you going to buy dinner? ‘”
The Wildcats play the champion of Sunday’s game between Kansas State and UMBC in Lawrenceville next Thursday.
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