2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
3rd in Horizon
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Grading Kentucky's first-round win (2:04)
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Calipari says Kentucky needs to play better against Wichita State (1:48)
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Kentucky freshmen sour NKU's tourney debut

Bam Adebayo had 15 points and 18 rebounds on Friday night as Kentucky showed the new kids on their block how it's done at NCAA Tournament time, earning a 79-70 victory over Northern Kentucky.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Correction: Kentucky players here now. 12:32 a.m. Long day for all.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari: "We shouldn't be playing this late. But that's another issue for another day." Didn't bring players with him to the postgame press conference. Asked us to make it quick. Can't blame him. Late night.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Yes, Kentucky advances to a Sunday matchup against Wichita State. But John Brannen just led Northern Kentucky to the NCAA tournament in its first year of eligibility, and his squad loses a single-digit affair to a powerhouse. Yeah, it's a loss for the Norse. And, in a way, a win.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Calipari says NCAA selection committee succeeded this year. "I think they did the best job of seeding that they've done in eight years."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Calipari said he hasn't unveiled Bam Adebayo's full versatility yet. Says he can guard five positions. Hits his free throws. "I'm doing a drill today where [Bam] is gonna shoot 3-pointers."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari on Tom Crean firing: "Just disappointed. Hard profession. ... I feel for him and his family. ... Someone will hire him because he's Tom Crean. He can coach. He works."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Willis: "Ever since I got engaged, I've been playing better."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari brings three seniors (Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder, Derek Willis) to the pregame podium in Indianapolis. Credits the group for stabilizing the program this season.

ESPN Stats and Information  

In a battle of Kentucky teams, ESPN's BPI isn't exactly going out on a limb by almost assuring a Wildcats victory.

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Coach Brannen talks mindset ahead of matchup vs. UK (3:02)
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The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

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How far can Kentucky go? (2:40)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Northern Kentucky is making its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. No team from the Horizon League has won a game in the Big Dance since Butler's run to the Final Four in 2011. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)

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Northern Kentucky gets their shot at Big Blue (0:38)
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Wildcats must stay focused to advance (4:54)

ESPN Stats and Information  

In its fifth year of Division I membership and first year of NCAA tournament eligibility, Northern Kentucky is in the Big Dance. The Norse have won 12 of their last 14, and had the Horizon League's second-best RPI.

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The bottom half of the South region features an intrastate matchup between second-seeded Kentucky and No. 15 Northern Kentucky, which is making its first-ever appearance in the Big Dance. UCLA gets the No. 3 seed in the region.

Team Stats

Points Per Game76.0111th
Rebounds Per Game37.7Tied-74th
Assists Per Game13.9144th
Points Allowed71.6164th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record0-0
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances0