One of the more anticipated matchups came when 10-seeded Wichita State met its in-state rival Kentucky, a 2-seed.
Just like it did three years ago, Sunday's NCAA Tournament game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Wichita State Shockers came down to one last shot.
"Eventually you just got to play the game", sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe said. "As soon as he picked it up, I knew he was going to shoot".
Monk hit two free throws, and without a timeout for the game's final 55 seconds, Shamet tried to find space to hit the 3-pointer to tie.
"It's on me", said Shamet, "I'm the point guard".
One staple that we know of Marshall is that he likes to go after junior college talent. "These guys up here, they're young, but they have a will to win and play with courage and are skilled basketball players and great kids who share". "Me and Fox - we switched, and I ended up guarding the ball at the end". "He's pretty versatile. Played him more as a driver, so you kind of knew when he wanted to get to the rim and play off the dribble".
By every advanced metric, Wichita State should have been much higher than a 10 seed, but that placement was just another notch in the belt of disrespect to the Shockers.
"Coach (Gregg Marshall) said that that late-game execution was on him. I plan to tweet it again as I leave here". Shamet, playing with four fouls, squared his feet to the basket and poised for the game's highlight reel 3-pointer, putting the Shockers behind only a point. How many people are picking United Kingdom to get past the Sweet 16, let alone make the Final Four? Even though he is 6-10, 260 pounds, Adebayo was nimble enough to get this done. The first three cut into a Wichita State run and sparked a 7-0 run for United Kingdom that gave them the lead.
"When I saw there was nobody there and I had a clear lane, I just took it", Fox said. "Wish things went different at the end, but that's how the game goes".
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Kentucky and Wichita State aren't rivals, but based on the previous meeting between the two schools, it's hard to believe they've only met once on the hardwood. "Monk and Fox are really good". The Shockers took their final timeout with 55 seconds to play after Shamet's three cut Kentucky's lead to 63-62. Monk and Hawkins led the way with 7 points each. But Kentucky fought to a 28-28 draw on the boards in the first half and was only outrebounded by two in the second half. That's far and away the longest win streak of anyone left in the NCAA Tournament.
Shaq Morris had 11 points for Wichita State, which lost for the first time in 17 games.
- The Shockers' starting lineup is comprised entirely of underclassmen.
Yes, Kentucky's freshman trio did it all.