NCAA Tournament: Kentucky Stops Cornell’s Giant Killing Ways
With the prospect of becoming Cornell‘s next victim staring them right in the eye early in the first half, the Kentucky Wildcats turned up the heat on defense and finally stop the Big Red freight train in its tracks. DeMarcus Cousins took care of the scoring with 16 points while John Wall handled the rest in an all around game that saw the freshman guard compile 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Cornell went on a fast start to lead 10-2 after the first few minutes. However, coach John Calipari’s Wildcats turned to their swarming defense, which put the Big Red offense in disarray. Cornell tried to rally at the start of the second half but the Wildcats showed composure under pressure to the disappointment of the large crowd that rooted for the Ivy League underdogs.
Next up for the top-seeded Wildcats are the second-ranked West Virgina Mountaineers, who used a 42-point second half to subdue a pesky Washington Huskies side in an earlier match.