'I gotta jump': Bam, Hawkins, Calipari break down Wichita State's final shot



He was then fouled and hit two crucial free throws to extend Kentucky's lead to three.

It was Adebayo's first block of the game, but it's one that has Kentucky dancing on to the Sweet 16.

"I didn't even realize it until after the game what a great game it was, because I hate giving up that many points", he said.

Monk put Kentucky up five again with a 3-pointer. "He made a big play for us and that's why we won that game". "I never played defense before".

At this time next year, Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk will be in the final games of their National Basketball Association rookie seasons.

It made for a riveting final few minutes of action, and when Monk missed with 38 seconds left, Wichita State had a chance to play for the lead. "We knew what we were doing, switching everything and playing high".

As for Adebayo, he wasn't shut down as Wichita State forward Darral Willis Jr. proclaimed he would be on Saturday during media availability.

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk both scored 14 points. There were 2.5 seconds on the clock at that point, and the Wichita State guard was about 27 feet from the basket.

"Trash-talking is not for me". I just stick with my teammates and we get things done. "We're not scared to play any team on this planet earth".

"Oh it was wonderful", Bam Adebayo's mother told WKYT. "Bam went at him!"

That's not entirely Wichita State's fault - putting together a non-conference schedule is tricky, especially if you belong to a mid-major league - but there's not a lot the committee can do about it either. And it's something insane like Kentucky, UCLA and North Carolina have 20-something national championships between the three of them (in the same bracket). Tip-off is scheduled for 9:39 p.m. ET on CBS. 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. "Me and Fox - we switched, and I ended up guarding the ball at the end". Junior Shaquille Morris added 11 points and eight boards.

Thanks to blocks on each of Wichita State's final two possessions, Kentucky hung on for a 65-62 win on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, advancing to the Sweet 16 after a back-and-forth, down-to-the-wire game that felt similar to the one in 2014 that launched a raw, young Wildcats team to the Final Four. Isaiah Briscoe said he "didn't know anything about Wichita State" when he was asked about his second-round opponent before Sunday's matchup.

When Kentucky takes the floor this coming Friday, it'll be in a bit of a familiar environment for Coach Cal.

The Atlantic Coast Conference raised some eyebrows during football season by going 10-4 in head-to-head matchups with the Southeastern Conference, which prides itself as the nation's best football conference.

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