Indiana played terrific: The Hoosiers shot 51 percent and five players scored in double figures.
Kentucky was … Kentucky. The Wildcats shot an incredible 35-of-37 from the foul line and pulled away in the final 10 minutes to defeat one of the two teams to beat them earlier this season.
If you thought UNC/Ohio was a fantastic game, this one topped it from an aesthetic standpoint for the first 35 minutes.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist took over for Kentucky in the second half, scoring on his usual assortment of put-backs and aggressive drives, and finished with 24 points. Doron Lamb added 21, Darius Miller scored 19. That trio didn’t miss a free-throw in 23 attempts. UK’s best player, Anthony Davis, was saddled with two early ticky-tack fouls and sat out the final 14 minutes of the first half. Davis, who might win the National Player of the Year award, scored just nine points, but did collect 12 rebounds.
Indiana, which will open next season in the Top 5 if star freshman Cody Zeller passes on the NBA, got 27 points from Christian Watford, 20 from Zeller, and 15 from Victor Olapido before he fouled out.