BOSTON (CBS) – John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats absolutely obliterated West Virginia Thursday night to advance to the Elite 8, winning by a score of 78-39 — that’s double the amount for you mathematicians at home.
With the win, Kentucky improved to 37-0 and appear destined to win the NCAA Tournament. They would become the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to complete a perfect season.
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Here’s some stats to illustrate just how dominant Kentucky played against the Mountaineers:
– 39 points by West Virginia is the lowest scoring output in the Sweet 16 since the adoption of the shot clock
– No team in this year’s tournament had scored less than 40 points in a game
– Daxter Miles Jr., the West Virginia freshman who predicted a win, had zero points and one rebound
– The leading scorers for both teams had 14 points, which speaks to the depth of Kentucky
– Kentucky held leads of 18-2, 30-9, 42-15, 54-19, 60-26 and 70-32 over WV
“Kentucky is a force,” 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Marc Bertrand said Friday morning.
“[Announcer] Len Elmore kept saying they could not beat an NBA team. I disagree. You think they would have a shot against the 76ers?” Zolak asked his co-host.
“I think they would. If there is one sport where a college team could beat a pro team, it’s got to be the NBA. I think it’s possible. Philadelphia might win eight out of 10 against Kentucky, but Kentucky could win the two.”