WKU Public Radio News Staff
Sun March 18, 2012
Kentucky, Louisville Advance in NCAA, but Murray State is Out
Freshman guard Marquis Teague led the Kentucky Wildcats with 24 points and 7 assists, as UK advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 87-71 win over Iowa State Saturday. The victory at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville gives the Wildcats a chance to avenge their only regular-season loss against Indiana.
The Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 win a last-second win over Virginia Commonwealth. Kentucky and Indiana will play Friday in Atlanta.
The Louisville Cardinals are also in the Sweet 16 after their Saturday win over New Mexico. The Cardinals led by as much as 15 points in the second half, but had to hold on at the end to pull out a 59-56 victory. Center and Senegal native Gorgui Dieng had 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks for U of L. Russ Smith led the Cards in scoring with 17 points. U of L plays Thursday against the winner of Sunday's Michigan State-St. Louis game.
The Murray State Racers saw their NCAA run come to an end with a 62-53 loss to Marquette. Murray led at the half by 3, but faltered in the second half against one of the Big East's best teams. Murray guard Isaiah Canann had 16 points and 6 rebounds for the Racers, who were seeded #6 in the West Region--the highest seed ever for the school. Murray ended the season with a record of 31-2.