UK Basketball falls short, loses to Kansas State in Sweet Sixteen

The Wildcats seem to have the easiest road to the Final Four of any remaining team in this year’s NCAA Tournament.   NCAA

CONFIDENCE GAME: Texas A&M landed a seventh seed after an up-and-down season, and the Aggies have never advanced to the Elite Eight.

Following the game, Kansas State wanted to shake the hands of their opponents, but Kentucky marched off the court disappointed with their loss.

Kansas State (25-11) will face Loyola of Chicago in the South Region finals Saturday. Then it got a stop on the other end when Quade Green missed a three and Amaad Wainright hit a free throw to extend the lead to three.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander attempted a three-pointer at the buzzer for Kentucky, but it bounced off the basket and gave Kansas State the win.

To paraphrase: "Back then they didn't want me, now I'm hot they all on me". Totals 19-54 14-22 61. Gilgeous-Alexander was just 2-of-10 shooting, scoring most of his 15 points at the foul line.

On defense the key for K-State was draining the shot clock. "We've been through a lot this season". As the foul numbers skyrocketed, points for Kentucky began to pick up.

"That's not the sportsmanship you like to see, but that's them", Kansas State forward Levi Stockard III told the network.

With a predominantly blue-clad crowd cheering on Kentucky at Philips Arena - yep, it was definitely "Cat-lanta" - Kansas State raced out to a 13-1 lead before the game was 4 minutes old.

Hamidou Diallo - a redshirt freshman guard who almost entered last year's draft pool despite not playing at Kentucky - improved his prospects in the tournament and has been mentioned as a first-round possibility.

K-State graduate assistant Shane Southwell felt like a member of the 2010 team as a committed recruit.

Kentucky: With many of its players expected to move on to the NBA, Calipari will start the one-and-done process all over again. "With more guards on the floor we have different points of attack". The Wolf Pack's final points of the first half came on Cody Martin's dunk with 7:57 remaining.

The "new" version of Kentucky didn't do the things that put the Wildcats in harm's way in early February. Overall, the Wildcats finished 23-37 at the free-throw line.

Florida State is looking for a third straight NCAA Tournament upset after jumping to a 41-32 halftime lead on Gonzaga at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Many of his teammates agreed with that approach, but admit people found other ways to reach them following their Thursday night win over Kentucky.

Out of the break, Kentucky was able to even it up behind a 4-0 run, including a pair of free throws to tie the game at 33-33.

Sneed had taken visits to IL and Xavier but committed to the Wildcats in September, 2015, before the start of his senior season.

Upon being fouled out, Sneed looked extremely emotional walking off the court.

Calipari didn't call a timeout as that Green possession broke down because he thought his guys had worked on a play that Kansas State wasn't prepared to defend.

P.J. Washington led Kentucky with 18 points.

11 - Steals for Kansas State, the most against United Kingdom this season. Washington would miss the free throw, in which Kentucky fouled K-State's Brown.

13-1 - Deficit that United Kingdom faced after the game's first three minutes.