To the surprise of absolutely no one, Kentucky is still in that pursuit of perfection. The Wildcats rolled over No. 16 Hampton in the round of 64. Kentucky then knocked off No. 8 Cincinnati, 64-51, to move on to the Sweet 16.
The Wildcats will matchup against No. 5 West Virginia. The Mountaineers, who are two years removed from their last NCAA Tournament appearance, notched their first tournament win over No. 12 Buffalo, 68-62. In the round of 32, WVU knocked off No. 4 Maryland, 69-59, to extend their season another week.
Here’s what you need to know about the game:
No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 5 West Virginia
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Thursday, March 26
Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
9:45 p.m. Eastern
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Record: 36-0 overall, 18-0 SEC
Coach: John Calipari, 6th season
Offensive Points Per Game: 74.9
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 53.9
Scoring Leaders: Aaron Harrison, 11.1
Rebounding Leader: Karl-Anthony Towns, 6.8
Assists Leader: Andrew Harrison, 3.6
Scouting West Virginia
Record: 23-9 overall, 11-7 Big 12
Coach: Bob Huggins, 8th season
Offensive Points Per Game: 73.9
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 66.8
Scoring Leader: Juwan Staten, 14.5
Rebounding Leader: Devin Williams, 8.2
Assists Leader: Juwan Staten, 4.6