In the blink of an eye, Kentucky was off and running.
The Kentucky Wildcats left it all on the court, blowing out an opponent for the second straight game.
Led by forward Darius Miller, No. 1 Kentucky handled Wake Forest in a matchup that could have given the inexperienced ‘Cats’ team potential problems.
Miller scored a career-high 20 points as the Wildcats dealt the No. 9 Demon Deacons a 90-60 loss. It was the second straight victory by 28 or more for one of the nation’s premier teams.
The average margin of victory now stands at 29.5 in NCAA Tournament games, an overwhelming number considering the fact that the Cats are one of the youngest teams in the entire nation.
That hasn’t stopped Kentucky, as the team—littered with NBA stars—moves on to its first Sweet 16 since 2005.
It looked as if Wake Forest could make a game against No. 1 Kentucky, scoring the first six points of the game. Forward Al Farouq Aminu and guard Ishmael Smith gave the Demon Deacons plenty of potential, but Amniu struggled with foul trouble.
With three personal fouls, Aminu sat with over 10 minutes left to play in the first half. It was downhill from that point on.
Miller, along with teammates Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins dominated a hapless Wake Forest team who couldn’t contain a Kentucky roster filled with six potential NBA players. Bledsoe had 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go with five rebounds and two assists. Running mate Wall had 14 points and seven assists on some beautiful passes to Cousins who had quite a game himself with 19 points and 8 rebounds on 9-of-10 shooting.
Wake Forest didn’t give Kentucky any problems, something many thought might preemptively knock Kentucky out of the NCAA Tournament.
Not a chance.
Kentucky shot 60% from the field and made seven three-pointers, while dominating on the glass, a much needed aspect for the Wildcats to win games.
Now it’s a ‘wait and see’ game, as Kentucky waits to find out who they’ll play in their next matchup which will take place in Syracuse.
Sunday’s game between 4-seed Wisconsin and 12-seed Cornell should be interesting to watch because the winner goes on to play the Wildcats.
If the Cats perform like they did tonight, it won’t matter who they play.
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