There have been a flurry of last second shots today in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament, and we have our first game winner in Tampa as Brandon Knight’s last second shot gives the 4th seeded Kentucky Wildcats a 59-57 victory over the 13 seeded Princeton Tigers.
Darius Miller carried the Wildcats for long stretches today, and had a game high 18 points. Josh Harrellson used his considerable size advantage down low to finish with 15 points on 7-8 shooting and 10 rebounds. Dan Mavraides had 14 points to lead the Tigers, while Douglas Davis had 13 points, and Kareem Maddox has 12 points and 3 steals for Princeton.
It was a back and forth game all game long, and after Mavraides’ tough turnaround jumper to tie the game at 57 all with 40 seconds to go, some thought we would have our first OT game of the 2nd round. Knight had other ideas, and was easily able to drive the lane for his only basket of the game. Princeton had a difficult time inbounding the ball after a timeout, and were not able to get a shot off in time.
Kentucky will play the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 3rd Round on Saturday, who defeated the Clemson Tigers 84-76 earlier today.