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Best of UK in the NCAA: Saturday Second Round Highlights

Article written by:On3 imageTyler Thompson


LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 21: Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks on Quadri Moore #0 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

It’s a happy Saturday here at Kentucky Sports Radio as the Cats have advanced to the Round of 32. Start your day with highlights from Kentucky’s tournament games on the Second Round Saturday from the past 30 years.

1995: No. 1 Kentucky 82, No. 9 Tulane 60

Saturday, March 18, 1995

Six Cats scored in double figures, led by Rodrick Rhodes with 14 points, in Kentucky’s easy win over Tulane in the Pyramid in Memphis.

1996: No. 1 Kentucky 84, No. 9 Virginia Tech 60

Saturday, March 16, 1996

Kentucky had 12 dunks, just one shy of Virginia Tech’s total made baskets in the second half. I don’t need to remind you, but the 1996 team was really good.

Sadly, the video of this game has been scrubbed from YouTube. Boo.

1997: No. 1 Kentucky 75, No. 9 Iowa 69

Saturday, March 15, 1997

Led by point guard Andre Woolridge’s 29 points, the Hawkeyes put up quite the fight, but the Cats used a 3-2 zone to eventually slow them down. Jared Prickett had a team-high 15 points, followed by Wayne Tuner with 13.

2000: No. 4 Syracuse 52, No. 5 Kentucky 50

Saturday, March 18, 2000

After a double-overtime win over St. Bonaventure in the first round, Kentucky ran out of steam vs. Syracuse. With 5.9 seconds left, Keith Bogans drove to the basket for the game-tying layup but missed, as did Tayshaun Prince on the putback.

2001: No. 2 Kentucky 92, No. 7 Iowa 79

Saturday, March 17, 2001

Tayshaun Prince scored 31 points and dished seven assists in the Cats’ win over Steve Alford’s Hawkeyes. A freshman Marquis Estill came off the bench to score 22 points in 22 minutes, earning “Player of the Game” honors.

2002: No. 4 Kentucky 87, No. 12 Tulsa 82

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Tayshaun Prince scored 41 points off 14-21 from the field, 6-8 from three, and 7-9 from the free-throw line. From Jeff Drummond’s recap via BigBlueHistory.net:

“It got to the point where I was just shaking my head,” Tulsa guard Greg Harrington said. “We tried to find a way to stop him, but nothing worked.”

2005: No. 2 Kentucky 69, No. 7 Cincinnati 60

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Kelenna Azubuike had 19 points and Rajon Rondo 16 points and seven assists in the Cats’ win over the Bearcats. Kentucky held Cincinnati to just three points in the final six minutes of the game to seal the victory.

No footage, so here’s Rondo celebrating after a basket:

INDIANAPOLIS – MARCH 19: Rajon Rondo #4 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a made basket against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second round game of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament March 19, 2005 at RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2010: No. 1 Kentucky 90, No. 9 Wake Forest 60

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Darius Miller was the star of Kentucky’s easy second-round win over Wake Forest, scoring 20 points, 16 in the first half. DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t far behind with 19 points off 9-10 from the floor.

2011: No. 4 Kentucky 71, No. 5 West Virginia 63

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points to help Kentucky avenge the 2010 Elite Eight loss to the Mountaineers. The freshman point guard led an 11-0 run to start the second half and made six free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

2012: No. 1 Kentucky 87, No. 8 Iowa State 71

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Marquis Teague scored a career-high 24 points and dished seven assists and Anthony Davis turned in a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Royce White and the Cyclones tied the game at 42 early in the second half, but the Cats went on a 14-0 run a few minutes later to put the game out of reach.

2015: No. 1 Kentucky 64, No. 8 Cincinnati 51

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cincinnati had a chance until Willie Cauley-Stein killed a guy.

2016: No. 5 Indiana 73, No. 4 Kentucky 67

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tyler Ulis scored 27 points and Jamal Murray 16 (despite making only 1-9 from three), but it wasn’t enough to get the Cats past the Hoosiers into the Sweet 16. I won’t make you relive that one.

2018: No. 5 Kentucky 95, No. 13 Buffalo 75

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A lot of people picked Buffalo to upset Kentucky in this second-round game, but the Bulls didn’t have an answer for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 27 points (10-12 FG), grabbed six rebounds, and dished six assists. Hamidou Diallo turned in his best game as a Wildcat with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

2019: No. 2 Kentucky 62, No. 7 Wofford 56

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Kentucky shut down Wofford star Fletcher Magee, holding him to 4-17 from the floor, 0-12 from three-point range. With PJ Washington sidelined with a foot injury, only Reid Travis and Ashton Hagans scored in double figures, with 14 and 12, respectively.

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