The No. 5 University of Kentucky Wildcats stopped No. 13 University of Buffalo Bulls dead in their tracks after talk of a possible upset in this match up. Crushing the competition 95-75 in Boise, Idaho, the Wildcats advance to the Sweet 16.
Getting 27 points and a near-perfect shooting game, freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went 10 for 12 and made both of his 3-point attempts to advance Kentucky for the second straight season. Another freshman Hamidou Diallo went on a rampage going 9 for 12 and scored all but four of his 22 points in the second half.
The Wildcats weren’t able to runaway with the game until the final 7 minutes, and they sure turned into a good laugh once they were done.
Buffalo, who got where they are with a 21 point blow out over Arizona, had a double-digit lead twice midway through the second half. Senior Wes Clark had yet again another outstanding day for the Bulls, but it wasn’t enough to beat a No. 5 seed. He added to his collegiate career with 26 points and closed his season against the Wildcats at 0-5.
After seeing their record 1,047 game streak of making 3s come to an end, Kentucky started all over. Freshman Quade Green hit one with 8:26 left in the first half to start anew.
A freshman debut for sure as those guys push Kentucky to play in the Sweet 16 Thursday, March 22nd against the winner of the University of Maryland Baltimore Country vs. Kansas State.
By Cierra Loomis