The Big Blue blowout: Kentucky annihilates West Virginia

This is how it feels to smack into Kentucky.  (AP photo/David Richard)

This is how it feels to smack into Kentucky. (AP photo/David Richard)

This is how it feels to smack into Kentucky.  (AP photo/David Richard)

This is how it feels to smack into Kentucky. (AP photo/David Richard)

Cleveland — Here’s all you need to need to know about Kentucky’s demolition of West Virginia: The Wildcats could have gone scoreless the second half and won by five.

Wait, I lied. Here’s one more: Karl-Anthony Towns, considered the most gifted Wildcat and possibly the No. 1 pick in the June NBA draft, scored his one and only point with 6:40 remaining. It increased Kentucky’s lead to 37 points.

OK, I lied again. A couple of more nuggets. The game got so lopsided so soon — it was 18-2 at the second media timeout, 44-18 at the half, 78-39 when mercifully it ended — that the Wildcats had to find ways to amuse themselves. Andrew Harrison authored the play of the game by driving hard on a fast break, twirling the ball behind his back and then flipping it over his head off the board and into the hoop. While getting fouled.

But even that wasn’t the most outrageous sequence of Victory No. 37. That came inside the final two minutes when the 6-foot-10 forward Trey Lyles sought to throw a lob to the 5-9 Tyler Ulis. The little man’s layup missed, but still: How was that for chutzpah?

There’s nothing else to say. West Virginia couldn’t force enough turnovers (only 10) to give itself even a ghost of a chance against mighty Kentucky, and now the Wildcats are within three games of their goal — the first undefeated NCAA championship since Indiana in 1976.

They’ll play Notre Dame for the Midwest Regional title, and yes, Notre Dame has a shot. Provided it makes a slew of jump shots. Provided it gets ahead early and makes the favorite sweat. Provided it can play the best 40 minutes since Villanova against Georgetown in 1985. If not, forget it.

Further reading: In an upset, Notre Dame runs past Wichita State.

Reader Comments 1

13 comments
PaulinNH
PaulinNH

That performance by WV last night is the kind of thing that drives a HC to drink.

Stingshuh?
Stingshuh?

When do the "Big Macs" play again?

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

Ol West Virginia shouldn't have been flapping their jaws about how they were going to win....  BWAAHHHH  And GT - there is no ACC team that can beat Kentucky - hell you can combine all your teams together and UK wins by double digits. 

GTBob
GTBob

@Ihateorange I don't know if any ACC team can beat them but I know for sure no SEC team can beat them.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Ihateorange Does UGA get a trophy if they win it all?........SEC SEC?.....coattails anyone?

GTBob
GTBob

@TOJacket You mean their APR boosters? I wonder why Calipari couldn't give those guys a little more time on the court last night. If you are up by 40 late in the second half then its probably safe to give them more than a minute of playing time.

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

Kentucky not really a college team.  Pure and simple, just a straight NBA farm club.  As soon as Calipari gets in trouble again, this show will move to the next highest bidder.

GT71
GT71

Hard to root for Notre Dame, but I really hope they beat the KY jellies.

And if ND gets beat, we'll have to root for Duke. And that's much harder to do.


GTBob
GTBob

That game by West Virginia was probably the worst game ever played by a sweet 16 team. From the opening tipoff they played like they were scared to death. Kentucky is good, easily the best in the country, but even Hampton could remain moderately competitive with them. WVU just stank the gym up. In a weird way, I don't think this was all that good for Kentucky. They didn't even have to compete tonight.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Mark Bradley, WVU looked like you competing against a real journalist!


Rah, rah, rahhhhhhhhh...


The end of the Wildcats will be Duke in a Christian Laettner redo.


Trackbacks

  1. […] Still further: The Big Blue blowout: Kentucky annihilates West Virginia. […]