Kentucky holds on to beat Houston, PJ Washington key

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The Tigers won't have much time to adjust, with a showdown against the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday. Auburn announced that Okeke would not return to the game and was being taken for X-rays. He's averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for Bruce Pearl's team, and is a risky offensive weapon, shooting over 49-percent from the field and 38.7-percent from three point range on the year.

Tyler Herro hit a 3-pointer with 25.8 seconds left to give Kentucky the lead after Houston had erased a double-digit lead, and the Wildcats escaped their NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal with a 62-58 win over Houston Friday night. Washington leads Kentucky in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while Ashton Hagans leads the Wildcats in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season.

Matt Mc Quaid #20 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after defeating Duke
Matt Mc Quaid #20 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after defeating Duke

He is set to have surgery this week to fix the damage, but his NCAA Tournament is over. Kentucky came out blazing against the nation's top field-goal defence and then gutted out a ragged second half thanks to Herro's big 3-pointer. Neither team led by more than five points at any point in the half.

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Auburn led just 41-39 at halftime before taking over. His status was a mystery right up until the first media timeout, when he entered to a standing ovation from Solid Blue fans behind the Kentucky bench. As Okeke left the court, players from North Carolina came over and wished him well in a show of good sportsmanship. "We had to go get balls and do some stuff to beat them, and it was a great win and I'm happy for our guys".

J'Von McCormick scored 10 of Auburn's 41 first-half points including the runner to go to break.

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