Recapping Kentucky's 78-39 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio:
West Virginia talked big before the game; Kentucky played big in the game. "Press Virginia," as West Virginia is called, did not work against the Cats. The officials were calling it close, and the Cats came out and steamrolled West Virginia. Aaron Harrison hit a couple of three-pointers, West Virginia shot 1 for 11 at the start, a Tyler Ulis pass to Marcus Lee resulted in a poster dunk, and UK led 18-2. West Virginia was quiet. A Devin Booker three-pointer made it 30-10. The Cats were in total control, and West Virginia looked in awe. The lead was 44-18 at the half. Would West Virginia mount a challenge? The Mountaineers did not make a field goal and scored one point in the first eight minutes of the second half. Game over. On to the Elite Eight. 37-0!
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* UK came out and threw a press at West Virginia. Nice touch by Coach Calipari.
* West Virginia had two more turnovers than UK did in the first half. The Cats shredded the press.
* Aaron Harrison, sort of the forgotten man for these Cats, got the Cats going.
* Devin Booker's stroke looks as if it's back.
* Dakari Johnson had a strong performance.
* Kentucky has responded to challenges all year. West Virginia tossed one at them at the Friday press conferences. Bad mistake.
* Dear officials: Let the kids play.