Here is what Loyola-Chicago players and head coach had to say after beating Kansas State — Loyola once had a 22-point lead — Saturday in Atlanta to reach the Final Four.
PORTER MOSER: First of all, we always talk about it, glory goes to God. We’re just so blessed with the journey. Secondly, I just — this group of guys are resilient. They believe. We’ve said it all along, game by game, they’ve just taken one game at a time and believed. Their togetherness, their body language, their effort that they invested. I’m so happy for them. To see these guys experience that is an amazing feeling as a coach, to go through, have a locker room like this. I’m just really happy for those guys.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky didn’t make a 3-point shot for the first time in 30 years — a stretch of 1,047 games — and got outscored 33-0 from 3-point range.
Kentucky coach John Calipari also thought his team play “undisciplined” at times in the second half and didn’t match the energy that Davidson had.
However, Kentucky still found a way to win 78-73 Thursday night in Boise in the NCAA Tournament South Region first round and advance to Saturday’s second round matchup against the Arizona-Buffalo winner.
UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. TENNESSEE
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT | SCOTTRADE CENTER| ST. LOUIS, MO.
MARCH 11, 2018
Final Score: RV/RV Kentucky 77, #13/12 Tennessee 72
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is 24-10 overall. Tennessee is 25-8 overall.
- UK leads the Tennessee series, 154-71.
- UK is 12-4 vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, including 5-3 in championship games.
- Next for Kentucky: After the game, the Wildcats fly home to learn their NCAA Tournament destination. UK will be making its 57th NCAA Tournament appearance, extending the NCAA record for most tournament appearances.