After holding Georgia to 28.3 percent shooting, Alabama to 37.9 and Tennessee to 37.1, Kentucky held Davidson’s sharpshooters to just 29.4 percent from the floor, including just three-of-15 from three-point range in taking a 34-24 lead at intermission.
From t Kentucky’s young freshmen made the plays they had to make to win the game.
“We know we have to play a 40-minute game to win. We know teams aren’t going to go away. We have things to work on.”
Yes, UK’s highest-rated recruit led the team in scoring, but he was not the team’s best player.
“It’s March Madness, I can’t really play bad no more. I got to do whatever it takes to win. If my shot’s not going, I’ve got to be able to get rebounds, find my teammates and play defense.”
The Bulls played hard, outhustling Arizona all 94 feet of the floor.
They’ve played a tough schedule, losing by six on a neutral floor to Cincinnati, by 11 to St. Bonaventure, by seven at Syracuse and by 16 at Texas A&M. They won’t be cowed by Kentucky.
As for UK, the young Cats must now wrap their heads around the fact they won’t be playing star-studded Arizona.