The Kentucky Wildcats pounced on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in New Orleans last night as if they meant business….and they did.
The Wildcats stunned Wake Forest 90-60 and even drew praise and respect from their competitor’s coach, Dino Gaudio, afterwards.
“They’re really, really good,” Gaudio said. “They’re really good. They played very hard, very hard on offense. A lot of teams don’t play that hard on offense. They really challenge your transition defense. They really challenge you on the backboard, and they’ve got a lot of guys that can really score the ball.”
It was Kentucky’s Darius Miller who led the way last night scoring a career-high of 20 points. DeMarcus Cousins, who refused to give into the Demon Deacon’s Chris McFarland’s mind-control tactics, added 19.
John Wall scored 14 and Eric Bledsoe turned in 13, while Wake’s Al-Farouq Aminu scored 16 points and C.J. Harris added 11.
Coach John Calipari, who wouldn’t let his players know of the shocking Kansas loss until after the game, said of his team, ‘They’re having fun out there, which is what we want,” Calipari said. ”As long as they keep having fun, playing harder than that other team – just enjoy playing – we’ll be fine.”
Coach Cal was especially proud of the Wildcat’s offensive play. “When it was time to just execute and grind it out, we did it. It’s very important when you’re in these games and you’re in a six-, four-point game that you can come down five straight times and execute.”
Kentucky (34-2) has won both their 2010 NCAA games by an average of 29.5 points after beating ETSU and now Wake Forest. Couple that fact with the Kansas loss to Northern Iowa, Kentucky is earning second and much more serious looks as becoming the NCAA champion.
”I’ve been in the ACC 10 years,” Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said. ”That’s as good a basketball team as we played against in the 10 years I’ve been here.”
Watch video highlights of game here.