In Atlanta, Georgia at Philips Arena, a red carpet was surly laid out for University of Kentucky, but Kansas State had other plans for this match up. Starting five future NBA players and bringing more to offer off the bench, Kentucky thought they would waltz through into the Elite 8, but they fell 58-61, losing to a No. 9.
Of al the teams that made it into the Sweet 16, Kansas State has by far the least respect. Maybe that will change now that they are one game from the Final Four.
Leading for the entire first half and the first 2:38 of the second, Kansas put the pressure on Kentucky to make enough shots to stick in the game. Kentucky finally took their first lead and threatened to take control of the game, but Kansas responded with a string of 3 pointers and driving layups that gave them a 52-44 advantage.
Kansas player Xavier Sneed played the gavel of his life, knocking down five 3 pointers on his way to 22 points and nine rebounds.
Barry Brown chipped in 11 points and just about everyone that took the court scored something. Kansas played through foul trouble all game, but they proved that wasn’t a major problem.
The game had the feel in which every possession matter. Kentucky only made 6 of 23 shots in the first half, but only trailed by one in the final minute. A timely 3 pointer by Mile McGuirl gave Kansas the minor separation they needed to come out on top.
By Cierra Loomis