The Shockers' ball movement and aggressiveness got them better looks, while Kentucky started to drive more and get the ball to Adebayo. The other camp said Wichita State was overrated and didn't face the grueling schedule that numerous other top schools played. She at first consoled fans and family members of the team's players. "Our motto for Wichita State", he is saying, "is play angry".
Calipari was highly complimentary of the Shockers leading up to Sunday's game.
The Norse tried to stay loose, silently working their legs with foam rollers and stretch bands, or riding a stationary bicycle under a television showing the Dayton-Wichita State game.
The freshman guard has an idea of what to expect when he steps on the big stage for the first time in the South Region encounter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and is approaching the tournament opener with confidence.
For the Wichita State and Kentucky players on Sunday, especially the vast majority who were not in college in March of 2014, the schools' last meeting in the NCAA Tournament is ancient history.
In fact, no highly touted recruit, not Shamet or even Markis McDuffie, Gregg Marshall's highest rated recruit, or were offered anything from Kentucky's head coach John Calipari. UConn won as a seven-seed in 2014 - and then you have to go back to 1988 when Kansas won as a sixth seed to find a champion seeded lower than fourth. Do you want it any other way? The Wildcats enjoyed a 16-8 advantage in points in the paint, 9-2 in points off turnovers and 8-0 in fast-break points.
Kentucky (29-5) takes an 11-game winning streak into the NCAA opener against the Norse, making their tournament debut. Shockers forward Darral Willis Jr. said Kentucky was "nothing special" and "a beatable team". Against the Shockers, he was 3 of 10 in 29 minutes.
Since the calendar turned to 2017, Wichita State has allowed just three teams to notch more than 70 points in a game.
When they are playing at their peak, they're tough for even the best defenses to handle. Marshall said. "I don't know". Marshall asked rhetorically. "I don't know". Anybody that uses those facts plus watches the teams play, though, know the truth. On that day, the Shockers had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Fred VanVleet's top-of-the-key 3-pointer caromed hard off the rim. "When it got down to four or five seconds, I'm thinking we've gotta foul".
"We were playing in the ACC Tournament where we were playing a game and not only are the opposing fans there but Carolina's fans are also there waiting to boo us, too". They're a team that can beat anybody on a neutral court at any time, and I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't pushing towards another second weekend. They might be scattered across the country, lottery picks laboring to lift their struggling teams into respectability.
Kentucky Duels Wichita State in Round 2 / Into boxing as well? Adebayo had 18 rebounds in the first round against Northern Kentucky and is averaging 11 boards over his last 10 games. Landry Shamet lead Wichita State in the win with 13 points while Zach Brown added 12 points. Shamet finished with 20 points. "Holland is a really good player who played well tonight". "He's fearless. He's not afraid, can shoot it, runs their team".