This time, John Calipari’s Wildcats weren’t going to be upset.
A year after being shocked by good friend Bob Huggins’ West Virginia Mountaineers with a trip to the Final Four on the line, a revamped group of Wildcats won 71-63 to advance to a likely meeting with No. 1-overall seed Ohio State.
Freshman Brandon Knight — who made just one shot in Kentucky’s opening game, albeit the game-winner — came out blazing, scoring a career-high 30 points.
Knight was brilliant from the start, getting a measure of revenge for his friend John Wall, who led the previous edition of the Wildcats.
Calipari came in 1-8 against Huggins, who had led No. 5 West Virginia to Sweet 16 appearances in five-out-of-six tournament appearances, before being denied on Saturday.
No. 4 Kentucky, 27-8, had only made the Sweet 16 once in its past four appearances coming in.
Kentucky scored the first 11 points of the second half and Knight hit five free throws down the stretch.
Heavily-favoured Kentucky had shot just 4-32 from three against WVU last year but went 6-18 in the rematch.