Leading 63-62, Monk blocked a 3-point attempt by Markis McDuffie. Wichita's Landry Shamet led a comeback that ultimately cut the lead to one, but the Wildcats made some key plays late to seal the victory. The second-seeded Wildcats escaped Indianapolis with a 65-62 win.
"I know that we have the heart of a champion", coach Gregg Marshall said.
"But I'm the bad guy for drawing attention to her". "He pump faked and I knew he had to shoot it so I just went up and tried to block it".
It was Adebayo's first block of the game, but it's one that has Kentucky dancing on to the Sweet 16.
The Bruins will face No. 2 seed Kentucky in the South Regional semifinals Friday in Memphis.
"We'll have great days of practice, but we'll still focus on what Kentucky does", Monk said of a potential rematch with the Bruins. Monk and fellow freshman De'Aaron Fox led the Wildcats with 14 points, while Adebayo posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Down the stretch, the Wildcats showcased the gap between a scrappy, blue-collar squad like Wichita State and a team with three potential first-round picks in this summer's National Basketball Association draft as they fed the freshman big man. Nick Ward also finished in double figures with 13 points and Joshua Langford had 10 for the Spartans.
Shamet scored 20 and looked like a star, but ultimately Wichita State shot only 38.7 percent from the field and couldn't get good looks against Kentucky's defense with the game on the line.
TULSA, Okla. - Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 seed Baylor defeated No. 11 seed Southern California 82-78 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In a tight game against the super-charged Wildcats, every mistake matters. It featured five ties and 11 lead changes.
This matchup will be the second time ever that two teams with more than 30 wins in the regular-season will play in the first weekend of the tournament. That was part of a 25-14 run that took the Wildcats from four down to seven ahead.
"It was a hard game to play", Kentucky coach John Calipari said. These Shockers are everything that their 2014 brethren were, except they have tasted defeat 4 times.
Even then, the Shockers wouldn't go away.
Percentages: FG.387, FT.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-24, .333 (Brown 2-3, Frankamp 2-6, Shamet 2-7, Reaves 1-1, McDuffie 1-6, Nurger 0-1). With four minutes to go, Fox's steal and dunk set the tone for the terrific finish. "Those were gutty shots. We made the game bigger than it was".
Rhode Island almost scrapped and hustled its way into the next round, with Stanford Robinson matching his career high of 21 points as the Rams (25-10) had their nine-game winning streak snapped to end the season. "When it got down to four or five seconds, I'm thinking we've gotta foul". "We had a couple of really bad passes that fueled their transition".