'I gotta jump': Bam, Hawkins, Calipari break down Wichita State's final shot

Doug Mendoza
March 20, 2017

Kentucky and Wichita State meeting with a Sweet 16 spot in Memphis on the line.

De'Aaron Fox had a couple huge one-handed dunks in Kentucky's 65-62 escape of a fiery Wichita State team during the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon, and one of those came off jumping the passing lane and breaking out to slam one home to send Big Blue Nation into a frenzy.

"I just go out there and play basketball", he said.

We all know life isn't fair for the mid-majors. The yin-yang of United Kingdom is that the team plays so fast on offense (top 15 in tempo) yet tries to mill you into bad shots on defense. "I just contested well". "It's just a new game for us". "As soon as he picked it up, I knew he was going to shoot".

"It was a long time ago and I haven't watched it", Calipari said.

Derek Willis on the trash talk from Wichita State- "I think it's safe to say I was the best Willis on the court today". But these guys guarded it. "We know we can play better". Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds. I plan to tweet it again as soon as I leave here. The Shockers never got another good shot at the basket.

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Next game: Kentucky vs. Wichita State, NCAA Tournament, 2:40 p.m., Sunday. The Shockers finish 31-5. And it's something insane like Kentucky, UCLA and North Carolina have 20-something national championships between the three of them (in the same bracket).

United Kingdom guard Malik Monk hit two free throws with 10.6 seconds left to give the Cats a 65-62 lead - and set what would ultimately be the final score - and the Shockers, with no timeouts left, took the ball out of bounds to set up the final play. Shamet finished with 20 points.

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Wichita State's Landry Shamet (11) fakes a pass before shooting over Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo (3). "But I didn't do what I was supposed to do in the end".

The scoring started to really get going at the start of the second half.

Junior college recruiting hasn't typically been a major focus at IN, but if Marshall were to get the job, it is very likely that he would continue to try and mine the talent at that level IN order to keep an older roster with more physically mature kids. Two blue bloods meeting like this after United Kingdom did what it rarely does: lose a home game in non-conference play.

Monk and Fox had 14 points apiece.

The game was a second-round rematch from 2014 when No. 8 seed Kentucky ended No. 1 seed Wichita State's 35-game winning streak, 78-76.

The Shockers called their first timeout of the second half to stop Kentucky's momentum during a 7-0 run with 13:07 to play.

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.

- The Wildcats won their third consecutive SEC regular-season championship and their 48th in school history. Off a broken down offensive set with Shamet firing from deep late in the shot-clock, Rashard Kelly pulled in the rebound and found Zach Brown for an open 3-pointer.

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