Kentucky in a dominating performance today beats Baylor to advance to the Final Four. The Wildcats who at one time leading the game by 20pts, beat the Bears 82-70 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. Kentucky will face Louisville in their path seeking their first nation championship since 1998.
It was truly a domination performance both defensively and offensively for the Wildcats. On the defensive side Kentucky held Baylor to only 22pts in the first half. Kentucky held Baylor to 39% shooting on 25-64 FGM-A. The Bears leading scorer of the game was Quincy Acy with 22pts and 8rebs, Perry Jones III had 17pts, and Pierre Jackson had 21pts. However, the Bears bench did not show up in the game only scoring 3pts, leaving a gapping hole in their offense. The Wildcats did their part in making sure that the Bears had a hard time on offense as Kentucky set a NCAA record for blocks in the game recording 320 blocks for the season, and recording 9 blocks in the game. Along with the blocks Kentucky also recorded 9 steals.
Offensively Kentucky looked like a well oiled machine as Baylor’s defense left large holes in the defense, making it easy for Kentucky to find easy paths to the basket. Kentucky shot 53% from the field as a team with four players in double figures, and was lead by both Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 19pts and 5rebs, and Naismith Award candidate Anthony Davis scored 18pts along with 11rebs. Doron Lamb scored 14pts, and Terrance Jones had 12pts. The bench for the Wildcats chipped in with 11pts lead by Darius Miller with 8pts.
Up next for #1 ranked Wildcats will be the Louisville Cardinals, who beat Florida to advance to the Final Four. If Kentucky can keep up the defensive pace they will have the chance to make it to the championship game as the Cardinals shot 45% from the field against the Gators. The Cardinals are the #4 ranked team in their bracket, and have beaten Michigan State, and New Mexico on their way to the Final Four. Louisville as a team is shooting 42% from the field for their season, and averaging 68pts per game. The Wildcats are averaging 77pts per game and 48% from the field.