Kentucky ends Wichita State’s perfect season in thriller

James Young - photo by Walter Cornett |
James Young – photo by Walter Cornett |

It took a program stocked with prospects to finally end Wichita State’s perfect run.

 scored 20 points, twin brother Aaron had 19 and survived a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer by Fred VanVleet to knock off the undefeated Shockers with a 78-76 victory Sunday in the tournament.

 added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and  also had 13 points for the No. 8 seed Wildcats (26-10), who made a series of clutch free throws in the closing minutes to advance to the Sweet 16 in arguably the most captivating game of a thrilling first weekend.

Now, Big Blue Nation gets to jump right into another high-profile matchup: Louisville awaits in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Indianapolis. The Wildcats beat their bitter in-state rival in December.

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