Seniors make winning plays throughout win over Wichita State

No. 2 Kentucky outlasts No. 10 Wichita State in another classic NCAA Tournament slugfest

But they don't have a Bam Adebayo, who swatted Landry Shamet's last-second 3-point attempt and changed the game with his dominance in the paint. "I know that we have the heart of a champion". "Just play solid. I just contested well". Give Monk a double-check plus for making a chilling three-pointer in the final two minutes as well as two free throws for the Wildcats's final two points.

"He pump-faked, and I knew he had to shoot it so I just went up and tried to block it", Adebayo said. Kentucky played in the defensive style that Calipari aspired to back in the preseason.

"I think they got in the 1-3-1, some type of defense", Fox said. But these guys guarded it.

"We were playing straight up defense", Monk said.

John Calipari was forced to pull out all the stops as his young team fought tooth and nail to stay in the game against a very tough tenth-seeded Shockers of Wichita State.

Several outlets posted photos and video of Lynn Marshall, the wife of Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, engaging in some spirited behavior during the game.

That was the final step to Kentucky's five-step plan I personally drew up towards the 'Cats winning a national championship. Shamet, playing with four fouls, squared his feet to the basket and poised for the game's highlight reel 3-pointer, putting the Shockers behind only a point.

At the biggest moment of UK's season to-date, Adebayo's inexperience did nothing to prevent him from saving the game with the late block. They shot 41.8 percent but escaped the Shockers (31-5).

The Wildcats are now headed to Memphis, where they will play UCLA on Friday in the Sweet 16. Isaiah Briscoe said he "didn't know anything about Wichita State" when he was asked about his second-round opponent before Sunday's matchup. Shamet scored 20 points in the Shockers' loss to the Wildcats.

"For one I said 'ow, ' " Adebayo said. "I seen that nobody was really scoring". I had to get it going.

Kentucky and Wichita State aren't rivals, but based on the previous meeting between the two schools, it's hard to believe they've only met once on the hardwood. The Wildcats were led by Fox and Monk with 14 each. Fox, with emphasis, flushed the dunk and ignited the crowd as Kentucky pulled ahead to lead by seven points with four minutes left in play.

After going scoreless in the first half, Willis found his shot in the second. Reportedly threatening Franklin with having his tournament credential revoked, an NCAA official approached Franklin after the game in the media room and demanded he delete the video from his personal account.

- The Shockers' starting lineup is comprised entirely of underclassmen.

Wichita State exits the NCAA Tournament stage again at the hands of Kentucky.

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