Indiana Takes Down Kentucky 73-67, Advances to Sweet 16
For one brief moment, the Hoosiers led by 10, but for the most part the Indiana/Kentucky second round NCAA match-up was as tight as we expected.
But in the end, it was the Hoosiers who advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 win over the Wildcats.
As has been the case in 8 other losses during the season, UK's front line wasn't nearly as effective or helpful as they needed to be.
Plus, Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray missed an uncharacteristic number of shots--shots they typically make with ease.
Indiana, of recent vintage, hasn't exactly been known for its cracker-jack defense. But I was impressed.
It really was the kind of defensive performance I'm not at all used to seeing from the Hoosiers, who will now move on to play the winner of tonight's North Carolina/Providence tilt.
This was the first meeting between the traditional powerhouses since the annual rivalry came to an end in 2012.
On a personal note, I absolutely love this tournament. The upsets, the emotions.
No, I don't love it when my team loses...any of them.
But it's the nature of the game. And I gotta tell ya, when you can really SEE the emotion in the waning moments of these games, it kinda gets you right here, you know?
Two jump out from this one.
Alex Poythress, a senior, diving for the ball with Indiana's lightning-quick point guard Yogi Ferrell and then coming back on to the floor trying desperately to hold back the tears.
Man, you could just see the anguish as he faces the end of his college career.
And then there's this saxophone player from the UK band who might become a face for what this tournament can do to the fan bases of its teams: