How NCAA Tournament South Region No. 5 seed Kentucky (25-10) and No. 13 seed Buffalo (27-8) match up at each position for their round-of-32 contest Saturday at the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University — with a game prediction.
Using pressure on the primary ball handler is a mantra for Buffalo. That puts the onus on Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He said handling the Bulls’ intensity should not be “too much of a problem.”
When Kentucky faces Buffalo in the round of 32 on Saturday, it’s possible the Cats are running into a March Madness buzzsaw. But it’s also possible that the Bulls’ strengths could play into UK’s wheelhouse.
Coach John Calipari said Kentucky had an advantage because Davidson ran sets similar to their SEC foe Tennessee. He said if they hadn't seen Davidson's style of play already from Tennessee, Kentucky would have had "no chance."
Buffalo guard Wes Clark relished the chance to play Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament second round on Saturday. He gets that chance because Buffalo beat Arizona. Clark, who played three seasons for Missouri, would like to beat UK at least one time.
UK rolled in the first half, then withstood a second-half rally by Davidson to advance to Saturday’s second round of the NCAA Tournament. UK’s streak of making at least one three-point shot ended at 1,047 games. UK missed all six of its shots from three-point distance.
The streak is over. Kentucky missed all six of its three-point shots against Davidson. UK can no longer claim the longest active streak of games making a three-point shot. The streak ended at 1,047 games. This went unlamented by UK players.