LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nothing came easy for top-ranked Kentucky against eighth-seeded Cincinnati, which mixed it up with the Wildcats on almost every play.
They didn’t flinch and eventually built a double-digit lead by physically imposing their will on the Bearcats. Kentucky’s reward was college basketball’s first 36-0 start and a return visit to the Sweet 16 as it cleared an important step in its quest to become the first unbeaten champion since Indiana in 1976.
Aaron Harrison scored 13 points, Trey Lyles added 11 with 11 rebounds and the Wildcats outworked Cincinnati for a 64-51 victory Saturday that showed their resolve even when the numbers worked against them.
Kentucky shot just 37 percent and was outrebounded 45-38 yet always seemed in control because of timely baskets and rebounds that Cincinnati failed to get.
“I always like it when my team shoots 37, 36, 35 percent and wins in double…
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