Kentucky reaches Sweet 16

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Tampa, Fla. - Freshman Brandon Knight followed up his heroics in his NCAA Tournament debut with a career-high 30 points, and the Kentucky Wildcats exacted a measure of revenge by posting a 71-63 victory over West Virginia in a third-round matchup from the East Region.

Knight, who missed his first seven shots Thursday against Princeton before hitting the game-winning layup with two seconds left, finished 9-of-20 from the field and converted 9-of-10 free throws on Saturday.

Josh Harrellson totaled 15 points and seven rebounds for fourth-seeded Kentucky (27-8), which overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight in 2010 before losing to West Virginia.

Kentucky will next play the winner between Ohio State and George Mason.

Joe Mazzulla led the fifth-seeded Mountaineers (21-12) with a career-high 20 points.


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