Kentucky Escapes and Saves the State of KentuckyPosted by nvr1983 on March 17th, 2011
After watching Brandon Knight being scoreless for nearly 40 minutes few fans would have been surprised if John Calipari had opted to put the ball in the hands on a hotter hand. Instead he let his freshman point guard keep the ball for what was essentially the Wildcats final shot of regulation. With the clock running down and the score tied at 57 after Princeton got a huge jumper from Dan Mavraides the Wildcats chose to run the clock down before Knight made his move.
Following Knight’s driving lay-up the Tigers seemed confused and inbounded the ball before calling a timeout. Following the timeout the Tigers weren’t even able to get the ball to mid-court before firing a prayer that would have been late even if it went in. A loss here would have likely sent Kentucky into a catatonic state after Louisville was eliminated less than an hour before by Morehead State. The Wildcats were able to survive despite Knight’s 1-for-8 performance thanks to Josh Harrellson‘s 15 points and 10 rebounds and Darius Miller‘s 17 points. The win sets up a rematch of last year’s East Regional final where West Virginia knocked off a heavily favored Kentucky team.