The New York Times reports Kentucky Blocks Wichita’s Path AgainThe No. 2 seed in the South region is still alive.
Kentucky withstood a late rally by No. 10 seed Wichita State in what was a highly physical, strong defensive matchup, winning, 65-62. The Shockers did not let the Wildcats play their style: fast-paced and above-the-rim. But this young and dangerous Kentucky team proved it could win anyway.
The Shockers trailed by five, 58-53, with 2:30 left when Landry Shamet was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. He hit all three free throws to cut the deficit to 2.
Continue reading the main storyShamet hit another 3-pointer with 55 seconds left to make it a 1-point game —- 19 of his 20 points came in the second half. After a Keuntucky miss, Wichita had a chance to take the lead. But Malik Monk blocked a deep shot attempt by Markis MaDuffie with 10 seconds remaining.