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31-5, 1st in MVC
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21hAndy Katz

Sources: Shockers would accept invite to AAC

Wichita State would accept an invite to move to the AAC from the MVC for the 2017-18 season if given that opportunity, sources told ESPN.

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Kentucky's defense is key to win streak (1:43)
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Calipari breaks down 'grind-it-out game' against Wichita State (2:10)

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Despite what you've heard, the team Kentucky just beat had an excellent offense. That means the Wildcats really are much better on defense than they were earlier in the season. Two shot-blocks in the final 13 seconds by Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk (yes, Malik Monk) capped off an impressive effort by UK, which held the Shockers to 62 points in 62 possessions.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

All year John Calipari has been asking -- which is to say desperately pleading with -- Malik Monk to help Kentucky win in ways other than made shots. He did that today at a crucial point, yet another key piece of a UK team that has really figured out how to defend.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentucky had its struggles. But the team's three pros (Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk) made the shots and recorded the big plays next-level guys make. How would Kentucky respond against adversity facing a scrappy team? That was the question entering the game. Kentucky answered with a fantastic finish and win.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kentucky wins it with defense. That was one heck of a game -- and victory for the Cats against Wichita State.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Defense wins. Two tremendous blocks for Kentucky. Great theater here.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Indianapolis giving us all the drama today.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Landry Shamet said if he didn't go to Wichita State he probably would have been at Colorado. Another example of a hidden gem for the Shockers.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Conner Frankamp in a lot of pain on the Wichita State bench right now. But he's trying to stretch his leg out, working with a trainer. He's walking on it now and trying to see if he can run. Everything going wrong for the Shockers now and right for Kentucky.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

In the first half, Kentucky seemed timid. Wildcats aggressive and attacking now. They're using their athleticism and size to get to the rim. Had a lot of bad looks early in this game. But with Malik Monk handling the ball more often, they're playing that free-spirited style and trying to shift this game.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

De'Aaron Fox just limped to the sideline. Was holding his left ankle after that foul. Kentucky needs him to help it take control of this game. Both offenses much better to start the second half. Will be interesting to see what happens down the stretch.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Shockers didn't reach their full stride this season until Gregg Marshall moved Landry Shamet to the point. It was a big adjustment, at least at first. But Shaquille Morris' last bucket before the second half -- when Shamet patiently went through three or four pick and roll reads before sussing out the perfect angle to an open Morris -- was a perfect example of just how good its point guard play has become.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Marshall's squad held Kentucky to a 10-for-30 mark at the half after challenging the Wildcats at the rim with a physical style. They're definitely not intimidated.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the style you want if you're Wichita State. Grimy. But you expect Kentucky's offense to shift at some point. But will the Shockers keep up if and when that happens?

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Wichita State playing physical basketball with these young Wildcats. The Shockers can't match the athleticism or size but they're stronger and more physically mature at most positions. Gotta be tough to win here because Kentucky can explode and put together a run that KO's WSU early.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

After Deng Adel's monster dunk, Jaylen Johnson looked at D.J. Wilson and yelled, "Oh my, man! Oh my!" Most trash talk I've seen in Indy thus far. Might not be the end of it with Kentucky-Wichita State ahead.

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Shockers' Willis: Kentucky 'nothing special'

Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr. said Kentucky, the team the Shockers face Sunday in the second round, is "nothing special," prompting a response from former Wildcats star Willie Cauley-Stein.

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What to watch for: Wichita State vs. Kentucky (1:58)
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5dJohn Gasaway

Will history repeat itself with Wichita State vs. Kentucky?

Three years ago, the roles were reversed as Wichita State was the high seed and Kentucky was a No. 8 seed. The Wildcats finished off the Shockers with a 78-76 victory and went on to play in the national championship game.

Team Stats

Points Per Game81.026th
Rebounds Per Game40.94th
Assists Per Game16.323rd
Points Allowed62.414th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record17-14
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances13