Kevin Knox Leads Kentucky Past Davidson 78-73 In NCAA Tournament 2018 Round 1 [VIDEO]
Kentucky vs. Davidson NCAA Round 1 highlights
The freshman forward scored 25 points for SEC Tournament champions Kentucky, (25-10) which finished 0-6 in 3-point shooting in the game against another team also named the Wildcats.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also provided much help for Kentucky’s offense: he logged 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Kentucky hasn’t lost a first-round NCAA Tourney contest since 2008. Wildcats coach John Calipari wasn’t entirely pleased with his team’s performance on Thursday, however, as one ESPN.com reporter noted:
Good grief, UK holds a really good opponent to 24 points in 33 possessions, and, in his halftime interview, Calipari goes down the When you play freshmen you’re going to see breakdowns on D road. Tough audience.
— John Gasaway (@JohnGasaway) March 15, 2018
Davidson (21-12) shot 29.4 percent from the field in the first half, including 3-of-15 from three-point range.
Several Kentucky players on offense, however, put on fine displays of athleticism:
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 15, 2018
Toss it up, throw it down! pic.twitter.com/hG1T0Mk39f
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 16, 2018
Davidson tied it up at 52 with nine minutes remaining, but Kentucky ultimately used a 9-0 run to pull away. Knox secured his team’s victory with a big jump-shot:
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 16, 2018
Kentucky will next face the winner of No. 4 Arizona and No. 13 Buffalo in the South Regional’s second round on Saturday. That game will begin at 5:15pm EST and air on CBS.