It was the best effort that the Indiana Hoosiers, probably, could muster up, but it just wasn't enough against the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday. Behind a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds from freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the top-seeded Wildcats downed the Hoosiers, 102-90, in a NCAA Tournament, Sweet 16 contest in Atlanta, Ga. UK moves on to the Elite 8, where it will face the No. 3 Baylor Bears in the South Regional final on Sunday.
Indiana used a gutsy up-tempo offensive attack against the more athletic Wildcats, and for the most part it worked. In the end, however, the star power of Gilchrist, sophomore guard Doron Lamb (21 points), senior guard Darius Miller (19), freshman guard Marquis Teague (14) and sophomore forward Terrence Jones (12) was too much.
All of those efforts, masked the "off-night" of freshman center Anthony Davis, who finished with seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
The Hoosiers were paced by junior forward Christian Watford, who scored a game-high 27 points, while freshman forward Cody Zellar added 18.
Overall, Indiana shot 53-percent from the field, but Kentucky answered by making 35 of its 37 free throws (95-percent).
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