Kentucky: won each of its last 6 NCAA Tournament games that were decided by 5 points or fewer, the longest such win streak in school history— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 19, 2017
Kentucky 65 Wichita State 62
In the end it came down to defense and in the end the Kentucky Wildcats blocked the Wichita State Shockers path to the Sweet 16, twice. As a result, the Wildcats are headed to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in nine years, thank to a 65-62 win.
It was a gritty effort by the young Wildcats. Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk each blocked Wichita State shot attempts in the final two possessions to seal a 40-minute scrum at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon. Monk also made two free throws in the final 13 seconds.
A back and forth affair saw five ties and 11 lead changes, with the Wildcats leading by as many as seven and the Shockers leading by four.
Adebayo continued his tournament domination on the boards, pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with 13 points. That's 28 rebounds in two tournament games for Adebayo, a school record.
Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox each added 14 points.
Defense rule the day with UK shooting just 41.8 percent from the field and Wichita State connecting on just 38.7 percent. The Shockers shutdown UK's transition game most of the afternoon.
The Wildcats extend the nations longest winning streak to 13 games, and push their season record to 31-5. While the Shockers streak of 16 straights wins is over and ends their season at 31-5 overall.
The rematch marked only the second time in NCAA Tournament history that a pair of 30-win teams played in the first weekend.
Next up: UK faces the winner of UCLA-UC next Friday in Memphis, the site of the South Regional.
"Survive and advance! Even though we didn't play our best today, we just have to be happy about the win" - De'Aaron Fox pic.twitter.com/sxFXNn8JgB— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 19, 2017