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NCAA Tournament 2012: Kentucky Wildcats Get Sweet Revenge Against Hoosiers

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14, Darius Miller #1 and Doron Lamb #20 of the Kentucky Wildcats react during their 102 to 90 win over the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2012

There are some big differences between December and March (besides the weather).  The Indiana Hoosiers found a Kentucky team that didn't even resemble the one they defeated a few months ago in Bloomington. This group of Wildcats was aggressive on the offensive side of the ball, made their free throws and came away with a 102-90 win to advance to the Elite Eight.

 

The Good

  • Just like the last time these teams met, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was outstanding (after a very cold start), scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
  • Unlike the last time these teams met, Terrence Jones had a very solid game, scoring 12 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and giving a great effort on the defensive end.
  • Darius Miller provided a huge lift off of the bench, scoring scoring 19 points.
  • The Wildcats set the all-time NCAA season record for blocks, with 316.
  • Kentucky shot 95 percent (35-of-37) from the free throw line.  That broke the NCAA record for made free throws in a tournament game.

 

The Bad

  • Kentucky may have won the game, but Cody Zeller won the individual matchup against Anthony Davis, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds.  Zeller was able to consistently get inside for baskets and kept Davis from becoming a factor on offense.
  • Despite Teague's great job at running the offense (seven assists against two turnovers), he was unable to finish on numerous drives into the lane, going 4-of-14 from the floor.
  • Eloy Vargas had a chance to get some minutes when Davis got into foul trouble. The result was a run by Indiana that allowed them to take a first-half lead.

 

The Weird

  • Kentucky played most of the first half without their best player, Anthony Davis.
  • During a first-half run by Indiana, Christian Watford came over to the Hoosier bench and claimed that the Wildcats "couldn't guard" him.
  • Despite Indiana shooting better from the floor than Kentucky (52 percent vs. 50 percent), the Wildcats shot better than the Hoosiers from behind the arc (50 percent compared to 28 percent).

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