Game Rewind | Indiana ends UK’s season – The Courier-Journal
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DES MOINES, Iowa — The rivalry is renewed Saturday as No. 4 seed Kentucky and No. 5 seed Indiana meet in the NCAA tournament second round at Wells Fargo Arena. With the two schools ending the annual series after the 2011-12 season, the NCAA tournament matchup represents a second chance for fans of the border rivals to earn bragging rights.
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FINAL: Indiana 73, Kentucky 67
UK is out of the tournament before the Elite Eight for the first time in the John Calipari era. Indiana advances to the Sweet 16 where a possible matchup against No. 1 seed North Carolina looms.
IU 66, UK 60 (1:05, 2H): Kentucky going to need a miracle to avoid bowing out in the first weekend of the tournament for the first time in the John Calipari era. Tyler Ulis just hit a deep 3-pointer to make things interesting, but UK’s best hopes were ended on the previous possession when OG Anunoby blocked a Jamal Murray 3-pointer. Cats need a lot of help to stay alive.
IU 62, UK 54 (3:52, 2H): Kentucky in serious trouble at the final media timeout. Isaiah Briscoe will go to the line with a chance to finish a three-point play when play resumes, but Indiana is control of almost all the momentum right now. Yogi Ferrell now has 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Troy Williams has 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Freshman forward Thomas Bryant has 11 points and five rebounds. Meanwhile, it’s been another forgettable night for UK post players. Starting big men Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere are a combined 3 for 11 from the field. Marcus Lee and Derek Willis have added just four points. We’re up to 38 fouls in the game. UK’s best hope may be for Indiana to miss its free throws down the stretch. Ulis and Jamal Murray (14 points) have forced things on a few recent possessions.
IU 50, UK 50 (7:44, 2H): We have our sixth tie of a game that has also included nine lead changes. Both teams now shooting 42.2 percent (19 for 45) from the field. Tyler Ulis now up to 17 points after an acrobatic layup. Jamal Murray and Yogi Ferrell each have 14 points. Troy Williams has 12 points for Indiana. Murray also leads UK with six rebounds and four assists. Ulis and Alex Poythress have joined Isaiah Briscoe and Nick Zeisloft with three fouls. With Briscoe on the bench for an extended period, Dominique Hawkins continues to give UK a lift. He’s got three points and three rebounds. UK is 3 for 11 from 3-point range. Ulis and Murray have accounted for all 11 of those attempts. Murray is 1 for 6 from deep.
IU 45, UK 44 (11:01, 2H): Kentucky has missed four straight and six of its last seven shots as Indiana has regained the lead. The Tyler Ulis/Yogi Ferrell matchup is starting to live up to the hype. Ulis leads all scorers with 15 points and has three assists. Ferrell has 14 points and three assists. Jamal Murray has come to life in the second half for UK with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Dominique Hawkins giving UK some valuable minutes now with an offensive rebound to keep the current possession alive. He also has three points, all of which have come at the free-throw line. We’re up to 28 total fouls. Isaiah Briscoe and Nick Zeisloft each have three fouls.
IU 40, UK 40 (15:51, 2H): An 8-0 run has Kentucky back in the game thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis. Senior forward Alex Poythress briefly returned the lead to UK with a steal at the top of the key and fast-break layup, but Yogi Ferrell tied it again with a drive and layup. There appears to be some controversy about whose ball it is out of the timeout as the officials initially signaled a turnover by Kentucky on an errant pass from Ulis to Isaiah Briscoe, but Briscoe and UK coaches argued vociferously the ball had been tipped by an Indiana player before it went out of bounds. The ball will stay with Indiana. Ulis now has 15 points and three assists.
IU 38, UK 32 (18:31, 2H): Indiana has scored the first five points of the second half, and John Calipari wants a timeout. Skal Labissiere is headed to the bench after missing a couple of hook shots early in this half. Yogi Ferrell found himself wide open under the basket for one Indiana basket, and Nick Zeisloft converted the other on a 3-pointer. Ferrell is up to nine points and two assists. Tyler Ulis has 12 points and three assists. Indiana’s Robert Johnson did not participate in warmups at halftime after suffering an ankle/foot injury in the first half. He appears unlikely to return to the game.
HALFTIME: Indiana 33, Kentucky 32
A missed opportunity for Kentucky, which appeared in control of the game for much of the first half but enters the locker room trailing by one. Tyler Ulis leads all scorers with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, but Indiana has used a balanced scoring attack to take the halftime lead. Troy Williams leads the Hoosiers with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. UK shot 44 percent (11 for 25) from the field, and Indiana shot 42.9 percent (12 for 28). The Hoosiers made 3 of 11 3-point attempts while the Wildcats made 1 of 3 attempts from long range. UK holds a 19-15 advantage in rebounds and 9-6 advantage in made free throws. The two teams combined for 22 fouls in the half with Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress, Jamal Murray, Williams, Thomas Bryant and Nick Zeisloft each picking up two fouls.
UK 27, IU 24 (3:49, 1H): Weird atmosphere in Iowa with Kentucky and Indiana fans outnumbered by Kansas fans here for the second game, but the on-court action remains engaging. Tyler Ulis now has 12 points and three assists. Robert Johnson, who just headed to toward the locker room with an apparent ankle/foot injury leads Indiana with six points. Kentucky is 11 for 21 (52.4 percent) from the field and 1 for 1 from 3-point range. Indiana is 9 for 22 (40.9 percent) from the field and 3 for 10 (30 percent) from 3-point range. UK has a 16-8 advantage in points in the paint and 15-10 advantage in rebounds.
UK 22, IU 17 (7:45, 1H): Tyler Ulis is up to 10 points and two assists as UK has made its last six shots. The Cats are 9 for 18 from the field in the game. Foul trouble starting to become an issue for both teams. Alex Poythress just picked up his second foul on a charge call. He joins Indiana’s Thomas Bryant and Troy Williams in the two-foul club. Williams remained in the game after his second foul, and Bryant is set to check back in for the first time since picking up his second early in the game. Indiana is 2 for 8 from 3-point range. Kentucky has made it’s only 3-point attempt, a deep 3 as the shot clock was expiring from Ulis.
UK 18, IU 13 (9:54, 1H): Just when the two teams appeared to finally find some offensive rhythm, the 10th foul of the game has stopped play. Indiana used an 8-0 run to briefly take the lead at 10-9 before Kentucky answered with six straight points. The Hoosiers have missed five of their last six shots. Tyler Ulis leads UK with eight points and one assist so far. Yogi Ferrell has yet to score, missing his only shot, for Indiana. Jamal Murray has just two points on 1-of-2 shooting. UK has a 12-8 advantage in rebounds. The officials have pointed out a whistle in the stands and are threatening to eject the fan who is using it.
UK 9, IU 4 (15:44, 1H): Fast start for Kentucky, which opened the game on a 9-2 run. Four different players have scored for the Wildcats, who are 3 for 8 from the field. Indiana is 2 for 7 and has missed four of its last five shots. Indiana has missed both its 3-point attempts, while Kentucky has yet to attempt a shot from outside. Indiana freshman forward Thomas Bryant picked up his second foul just more than three minutes into the game and has headed to the bench. The Hoosiers have been whistled for four fouls so far, and Kentucky has converted those miscues into a 3-for-4 mark at the free-throw line. Alex Poythress is 0 for 3 from the field but has two points and three rebounds so far.
PREGAME: Much of the focus heading into the game centers on the matchup between star point guards Tyler Ulis and Yogi Ferrell, but there are plenty of other reasons to be excited about game. As you wait for tipoff make sure to check out The Courier-Journal’s look at five keys for a UK win and five keys for and Indiana victory.
Alumni in the house: Current Minnesota Timberwolves players Karl-Anthony Towns and Tayshaun Prince will be among the former Wildcats rooting on Kentucky in Iowa.
The Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker, Jeff Greer, Tim Sullivan and the IndyStar’s Zach Osterman discuss Kentucky and Indiana. March 18, 2016.
Game Rewind | Indiana ends UK’s season – The Courier-Journal