NCAA Tournament 2012: Kentucky Wildcats Dispatch Baylor to Reach Final 4

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots against the Baylor Bears in the first half during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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When the Baylor Bears went on an 8-0 run early in the first half, Kentucky Wildcats fans (and John Calipari) had to wonder if the Wildcats were looking ahead to the possible Final Four matchup with Louisville.

Kentucky quickly erased indications of them looking past the Bears by playing some of their best defense of the entire season en route to an 82-70 victory that led them to their second straight Final Four appearance.


The Good

  • Once again, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came out on fire, scoring 19 points (17 in the first half) and grabbing five rebounds.
  • While Terrence Jones wasn't shooting the lights on out, his overall game for the Wildcats was spectacular.  In addition to his 12 points, he had six assists, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks. He displayed countless hustle plays and great defensive work that don't show up in the box score, but leads a team to victory.
  • Anthony Davis had yet another double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with six blocks.
  • Darius Miller didn't have a huge game like he did against Iowa State, but he still provided a big lift off the bench, scoring eight points and dishing three assists.
  • The Wildcats shot 53 percent while holding the Bears to 39 percent from the floor.


The Bad

  • Early in the second half, Anthony Davis and Bayor's Perry Jones III banged knees.  Davis went down hard to the floor, grabbed his knee and didn't get up.  After going back to the bench for treatment, Davis was able to come back into the game (though he knee still didn't seem 100 percent).
  • When Davis went out to get worked on, the Wildcats let Baylor creep back into the game.  The Bears were able to cut the lead at one point to 13.
  • After Kentucky's great free-throw shooting performance against Indiana, they shot 68 percent from the stripe against the Bears.


The Weird

  • This picture of Quincy Miller in UK gear doing the John Wall pose was passed around Wildcat websites and message boards quite a bit this weekend.  Miller was once thought to be a lock to go to Kentucky, but changed his mind and committed to Baylor instead.
  • Doron Lamb, who is usually an incredibly reliable free throw shooter, was 7-of-12 today from the stripe.