7:55 PM ET, March 17, 2012
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freshman Marquis Teague finally feels in step with Kentucky coach John Calipari's offense.Now, he's taking the Wildcats to the South Regional semifinals in Atlanta, and maybe a lot farther.Teague scored a career-high 24 points and top-seeded Kentucky put together another complete performance with a dominating second-half run in an 87-71 victory over Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night."I didn't really care about scoring points. I just wanted to get my teammates involved and do whatever I needed to do to help my team win," said Teague, who added seven assists. "I was just trying to push the ball in transition and take whatever play they were going to give me. They gave me the layup a lot tonight."
NCAA Mens Tournament
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts in the first half against...(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-61 (.410)||31-56 (.554)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-22 (.136)||10-20 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-25 (.720)||15-22 (.682)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|
|» Mar 17, 2012||@UK 87, ISU 71||Recap|
Kentucky made 55.9 percent of its shots and outscored Iowa State by 33 points outside the paint Saturday. It was the best shooting performance for the Wildcats outside the paint over their last three tournaments (11 games), and the second time they have shot over 50 percent outside the paint during that span (53.6 percent in Elite 8 vs UNC last year).[+]
Shooting Outside the Paint
Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field, something it has done in both Men's Basketball Championship games so far. The last time the Wildcats shot 55 percent or better twice in the same tournament was in 1998, when it won the national championship.
ESPN Stats & Information