They also come from a conference that punches above its weight class during tournament time.
A day later, Arizona State was stymied by Syracuse's zone defense and lost 60-56, by far the Sun Devils' worst offensive showing of the season.
Arizona was eliminated in the Sweet Sixteen by No. 11 seed Xavier - UA coach Sean Miller's former team - in the 2017 tournament, and in the first round by No. 11 seed Wichita State in 2016. United Kingdom does not shoot the ball well from behind the arc, meaning Buffalo may have a real chance to win this game.
Arizona State is ranked among the top 20 nationally in scoring offense while Syracuse is ranked among the top 20 nationally in scoring defense. No. 13 Buffalo knocked No. 4 Arizona out of the tournament with a resounding 89-68 victory on Thursday.
For the first 10 hours of day one of the biggest event in sports, it felt a bit underwhelming.
Instead, coach John Beilein's team methodically drew away over a long period of the second half when No. 14 seed Montana (25-8) failed to score, and chugged into a matchup with sixth-seeded Houston - a last-second victor over San Diego State - in the second round of the West Region. The game wasn't as close as the final score would indicate.More news: Reining In A 'Rogue Regime' - What's Next For The US & North Korea?
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Both teams battled, and Arizona took its largest lead of the second half on another Ristic jumper that put the Cats ahead by 1, 46-45, with 17:23 to go in the game. "It's March, and we're just gonna see who wins". Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams, his voice already hoarse, erupted on the sideline and was hit with a technical foul. He finished with 19 points against Arizona. The point guard? Usually physically overmatched. However, Kentucky's response in the second half vs. Davidson, as well as the run through the SEC Tournament, showed the Wildcats as the most locked-in they have been all season. The Gators have reached the Elite Eight in their past five trips to the tournament.
The Bonnies were practicing about 12 hours after arriving in Dallas.
The last time Kentucky didn't make a 3-pointer was at the Great Alaska Shootout against Seton Hall on November 26, 1988 - when Eddie Sutton was coaching, LeRon Ellis was the team's leading scorer and the 3-point arc was only in its third year in the college game.
Kentucky's next opponent will be those same Bulls from Buffalo that gored the Arizona Wildcats into submission. But while there will be plenty of talk about the boisterous Bulls leading into Saturday's game against fifth-seeded Kentucky, when the country woke up Friday morning the focus was on the complete capitulation of the Pac-12 regular season and tournament champions.
The streak almost came to an end against Missouri in February.
The seeding meant little to the Buffalo Bulls, who were not intimidated by the bigger Wildcats, running them out of the gym with a slew of 3-pointers and layups. Then, with their current 8 game winning streak, the ANE has risen to a season high 0.118 ppp entering this game against Kentucky.