Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SOUTH: Kentucky Again Ousts Wichita State

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SOUTH: Kentucky Again Ousts Wichita State

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Three years ago, Wichita State was 35-0 when it lost to Kentucky 78-76 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, crestfallen after Fred Van Vleet's 3-pointer missed at the buzzer in a memorable game in St. Louis.

On Sunday, the Shockers' attempt at a tying 3 against Kentucky never had a chance. Bam Adebayo timed it perfectly, swatting away Landry Shamet's 3-point attempt as it left his hand with less than a second left in the game. That gave Wichita State yet another second-round heartbreak, a 65-62 loss in Indianapolis.

"He pump-faked, and I knew he had to shoot it so I just went up and tried to block it," Adebayo said.

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was philosophical.

"We came up one possession short," he said.

Kentucky, the youngest team in March Madness, grew up in the closing minutes. De'Aaron Fox had 14 points, including a late steal and dunk. Malik Monk blocked a shot and made two free throws in the final 13 seconds. Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and he finished it by swatting away Shamet's 3-point attempt.

Kentucky (31-5) moved into the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in nine years and plays Friday in Memphis against UCLA. The Shockers (31-5) are done after another crushing second-round loss. They had the longest winning streak in the tourney, 16 in a row the second-longest in school history behind that 35-0 mark three years ago. Yet it had the No. 10 seed in the South.

"How many years do we have to do this to make people respect our program?" Marshall asked. "... This will just be more fuel for us. This will be a 3-point loss to Kentucky, a (No.) 2 seed. We know we can play much better. Basically, other than our two seniors who started as walk-ons, we've got everybody back."

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