Kentucky Vs Indiana
March 24, 2012 by staff
Kentucky Vs Indiana, In December, Kentucky suffered its first loss of the season on a three-point stunner at the buzzer from a top non-conference rival.
Three and a half months later and back atop the national rankings, Kentucky returned Indiana the favor — albeit on a bigger stage and without the need for any late-game heroics.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Doron Lamb scored 21 and the top-seeded Wildcats beat the Hoosiers, 102-90, in the Sweet 16 on Friday.
Anthony Davis added nine points and 12 rebounds and Darius Miller scored 19 off the bench for Kentucky (35-2), which moved on to face third-seeded Baylor in the South Region final on Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
Christian Watford, who hit the three-pointer that beat the Wildcats Dec. 10, led fourth-seeded Indiana (27-9) with 27 points and Cody Zeller scored 20.
Watford’s three sent the Wildcats to their only loss until Vanderbilt beat them in the championship game of the SEC Tournament on March 11.
Kentucky, the top overall seed in the NCAAs, led by as many as 13 after taking a three-point lead into halftime and made a regional final for the third year in a row.
Marquis Teague scored 14 points, Terrence Jones had 12 and Davis — after he won the Adolph Rupp Award earlier in the day — blocked three shots. The talented freshman attempted just five shots in the game, making two, but the Wildcats didn’t need much more from him.
“I got in early foul trouble,” he said. “By the second half, my teammate told me, you’re fine. Just come out and play your game.”
The Wildcats won despite being out-shot by Indiana 52.2 percent to 48.4 — partly because they made 35-of-37 free throws.
Two Hoosiers starters — guard Victor Oladipo and forward Will Sheehey — fouled out of the game. Oladipo had 15 points, Sheehey scored 10 and Jordan Hulls added 12.
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