Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Lack of execution buries Shockers

Lack of execution buries Shockers

In fact, Kentucky's offensive rebound percentage of 35.0 (10 on 34 chances) was better than Wichita State's 29.4 (14 on 40 chances).

Wichita State player said Kentucky, the team the Shockers face Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament, is "nothing special", a comment that prompted a response from one former Wildcat.

Kentucky's final tally was its lowest offensive output of the season, but the late defensive heroics overshadowed the team's lack of offense and kept the team's bid for a ninth national championship alive. Kentucky carries a 13-game winning streak into the second leg of the prestigious event and could possibly face a rematch against the Bruins, who defeated the Wildcats 97-92 on December 3 in Lexington.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said he thought briefly about ordering his team to foul Shamet.

Then, of course, Bam Adebayo's rejection on Landry Shamet to close out the game.

"We know Malik can play defense", Kentucky senior Dominique Hawkins said. "This is a hard time for Dwight, Kelly and all of us who love him".

"We're going to play basketball", Fox told reporters.

Although an uncommon move for Monk, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year was "playing just straight-up defense" when it mattered the most.

"We have a three-headed monster at the five", Marshall said. "When I saw there was nobody there and I had a clear lane, I just took it".

"It was a long time ago and I haven't watched it", Calipari said.

Kansas Coach Bill Self says Michigan State is fundamentally sound.

The scoring started to really get going at the start of the second half. "He's on that path, not all the way back, but he's on the path we need him on".

Hawkins, who had seven early points and finished 3-of-4 shooting on the day, was once again right in the thick of things defensively for the 'Cats, which has been a common trend in their 13-game winning streak.

Wichita State had two 3-pointers blocked in the last 15 seconds of the game. Today's action features two more SEC-ACC matchups as SC faces Duke and Arkansas meets North Carolina. The first three cut into a Wichita State run and sparked a 7-0 run for United Kingdom that gave them the lead. "It's just a new game for us".

"I know that we have the heart of a champion", coach Gregg Marshall said. This time, it was freshman forward Bam Adebayo who came through with the crucial block.

Free throws by Monk extended Kentucky's lead to 65-62 with 10 seconds to play. Last time, it was No. 8 seed Kentucky that ruined top-seeded Wichita State's ideal season in 2014. The Shockers were a No. 1 seed at the time and Kentucky was seeded eighth.

"In our locker room we believed we were the better team", Wichita coach Gregg Marshall said. Shaq Morris added 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Because Marshall has never been at a high profile job, it is tough to know how his recruiting would translate to IN where the focus would nearly assuredly be on different kids.

"He's been big for us", Briscoe said.

Sometimes that's all it takes to keep dancing on the the big stage.

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