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West Virginia-Kentucky game thread

SYRACUSE -

Final: West Virginia 73, Kentucky 66

23.0 seconds left: Darnell Johnson hit a huge three and UK trails, 70-66.

32.5 seconds left: Looks like WVU coach Bob Huggins is going to his first Final Four since 1992 when he was with Cincinnati. Probably not a coincidence the Bearcats haven't been to the NCAAs since Huggins was fired.

4:06: Since Mazzulla went down with his fourth, WVU has outscored Kentucky 9-2 and lead, 61-49

5:28: Mazzulla went out of the game with 7:15 left with his fourth foul. Ebanks and Butler are sharing the point. WVU 57, UK 45.

7:30: Mazzulla might end up being the MOP of this regional. He's easily finding a way to the basket for layups and is more than making up for the loss of Truck Bryant. WVU's 1-3-1 zone defense has forced Kentucky into 14 turnovers. WVU 53, UK 43.

12:11 Mazzulla has cracked the code to the Kentucky defense: Drive right at them. Cousins has three fouls and can't touch anyone which eliminates the Wildcats primary shot-blocker. WVU 47, UK 36.

17:35 left in the second half: Kentucky is in trouble. West Virginia hit the first eight points to start the half. DeMarcus Cousins picked up his third foul and when he went to the bench Mazzulla went in strong for a layup then John Flowers hit a three-pointer to give WVU a 36-26 lead. Kentucky's youth is starting to show and they appeared rattled.

Halftime: This has been as good as advertised. Kentucky appeared on the verge of taking a huge lead before West Virginia started making three-pointers. Then the Wildcats held off the Mountaineers from blowing the game open and West Virginia has a 28-26 lead at the half. Butler has a game-high 15 points.

3:55: West Virginia hit four consecutive three-pointers, three by Da'Sean Butler to give the Mountaineers a 21-18 lead.

7:16: Kentucky still leads, 16-9. Wall shows his versatility as a player by blocking a layup attempt by Mazzulla. Wall came off teh weak side out of no where. But Bob Huggins let Mazzulla know during the timeout that he should have passed to the trailer instead of trying the layup. Seemed pretty upset about it, too.

8:03: Wall has scored the last three points for Kentucky who now leads, 16-9. West Virginia thought it had an over and back call on Kentucky but Mazzulla touched it before it went in the backcourt and Wall recovered it. The freshman guard hit the jumper to put Kentucky up by seven. 

10:47: West Virginia missed 10 consecutive shots before Joe Mazzulla hit a three-pointer to cut Kentucky's lead to 13-9. Kentucky's defense is playing well.

15:53 left in the first half: Kentucky is up, 8-6, and the last two possessions John Wall has been able to create layup opportunities for big man DeMarcus Cousins.

---Rodney McKissic

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