The top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday afternoon quickly disposed of Baylor University during the South Regional final, allowing the team advancement to the Final Four for the second year in a row with a final score of 82-70.
The Wildcats were led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who dropped 19 points, Anthony Davis who added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Terrence Jones who helped control the ball at all points needed.
Kentucky will next face off against rival Louisville in New Orleans next Saturday where the victor will advance to the NCAA men’s basketball championship. The Cardinals led by former Kentucky Wildcats coach Rick Pitino routed Florida 72-68 on their way towards a national championship.
Speaking of the rivalry between Louisville and Kentucky Rick Pitino said:
“To me, it’s nonsense. I never got into the Mets/Red Sox or Yankees/Red Sox. I just appreciated being a Yankee fan … If (Kentucky vs. Louisville) happens, it would be awesome. Awesome for the state.
“I think it’s a great honor to play a great team. There’s no jealousy on our part if they get there. I respect excellence, and they’re certainly an excellent ballclub.”
Kentucky’s victory comes after the team managed a 16-0 run and led by 20 at halftime.
When Kentucky players weren’t scoring big points they were assisting in every other aspect of the game including Terrence Jones who scored only one point in the opening half but added nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals.
When they were scoring it was for big points, at one point Kentucky’s Kidd-Gilchrist had as many points on the board as the entire Baylor team at 17 apiece. After halftime Baylor never came closer than 10 points when trying to catch up with Kentucky.
Baylor was not without its own star, Quincy Acy led Baylor with 22 points as his team failed to gain any real traction and eventually exited the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.