NCAA Tournament: Brandon Knight's First Score Gives Kentucky Win Over Princeton

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March Madness Scores: Kentucky Outlasts Princeton, Brandon Knight Hits Winning Layup

Kentucky and Princeton battled back and forth all throughout their 2011 NCAA Tournament, with Brandon Knight, who'd missed all seven of his previous shots on the day, hitting the winning layup with under a second left. The Cats took a 59-57 victory, sending them on to face West Virginia in the round of 32.

Down the stretch, Princeton's Dan Mavraides made a pair of clutch shots, teammate Kareem Maddox made another, as did Kentucky's DeAndre Liggins. Though Knight struggled all game long, his play will still go down as the biggest of the afternoon for Kentucky.

Darius Miller led the Wildcats with 17 points, with Josh Harrelson adding 10 boards and four steals. Mavraides finished with Princeton's game-high, 13.

For more on this game, visit A Sea Of Blue, SB Nation's Kentucky community.

Here's the updated look at the East region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio, March 18 at 4:40 pm ET on TNT

No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova, March 18 at 2:10 on TNT

No. 5 WVU defeats No. 12 Clemson, 84-76; will face winner of Kentucky-Princeton

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Princeton, March 17 at 2:45 on CBS

No. 2 UNC vs. No. 15 Long Island, March 18 at 7:15 on CBS

No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia, March 18 at 9:45 on CBS

No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Indiana State, March 18 at 9:57 on TruTV

No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Marquette, March 18 at 7:27 on TruTV

For more on this game, Kentucky fans should visit A Sea Of Blue.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Kentucky, Princeton Trading Leads Early

The first upset of the 2011 NCAA Tournament is in the bag, with Morehead State stunning Louisville, and Princeton is in decent position to make a run at another. They're down 34-33 against Kentucky at the half, but were able to score a lead in the final minutes despite opening the game down 11-2.

The SEC champions have blocked six shots and are shooting better, but they've also turned the ball over more and grabbed fewer rebounds. Princeton is giving themselves more opportunities to score, and they've done a decent job of converting.

Darius Miller leads with 15 points and a pair of rebounds, while Douglas Davis has the Tigers high score, 13 points, plus a smattering of assists, steals, and boards.

For more on this game, Kentucky fans should visit A Sea Of Blue.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

 

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NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: No. 4 Kentucky Vs. No. 13 Princeton

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Princeton is probably the best bit of cognitive dissonance available in the slate of Second Round games in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket. On on hand, there's the behemoth blue-blood, Kentucky, which is led by scandal-tarnished John Calipari and dogged by questions about whether his one-and-done-heavy approach to program-building is kosher or good for college basketball. And then there's Princeton, which carries the scrapper's legacy of Pete Carril and is forever remembered in the casual March Madness fan's mind as the team that felled mighty UCLA once upon a time. If you like contrast, make sure to tune in early on Thursday — Kentucky vs. Princeton is the second CBS game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule, and tips at 2:45 p.m. Thursday from Tampa.

Kentucky is, of course, the heavy favorite. And justifiably so: Brandon Knight is unlike any player the Tigers have dealt with this year — save Duke's Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving, who gashed Princeton in a 97-60 win at Cameron on Nov. 14 — and he's not even the most talented Wildcat. Between Knight and Terrence Jones, Calipari has two gifted offensive creators with better-than-average shots who have some trouble picking the right ones: in Knight's case, his nearly peerless midrange game makes up for some questionable shot selection, but Jones could benefit from passing up a few 18-footers now and again. Kentucky's supporting cast isn't particularly deep, but between Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, and Doron Lamb, they definitely have the best set of players in the country with given names starting with D and surnames starting with L or M.

Princeton has a ton on its plate, sure, but these Tigers are no slouches. A strong senior class, led by Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Kareem Maddox — likely to be matched up against both Knight and Jones — turned Princeton from the Ivy League laughingstock into its king. And the Tigers showed their fortitude with wins in must-win games over Pennsylvania and Harvard in the last week; being intimidated by Kentucky, which dispatched fellow Ivy League upstart Cornell in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, seems unlikely.

Star Watch: Maddox is not only Princeton's defensive stopper: he's the Tigers' best offensive option. While Dan Mavraides has carried the team lately, and Maddox, Mavraides, Ian Hummer, and Douglas Davis all score in double figures for Princeton, Maddox makes 57.6% of his shots, and has an Offensive Rating of 117.0, good for 138th in the nation.

Prediction: Princeton acquits itself nicely for a half or more, but Kentucky's talent takes over late for a 74-59 rout.

More Reading: SB Nation's Kentucky blog A Sea of Blue will have everything you need to read about the Wildcats. And you can check out our Princeton team preview for more on the Tigers.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East Region, West Region, Southeast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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