Talking points and key numbers from Kentucky's 78-39 victory Thursday night over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio:
* Notre Dame made 17 of his first 21 shots in the second half against Wichita State. At times its offense looked like a video game. Now what happens against UK's defense? The winner heads to the Final Four.
* The West Virginia press? How about the Kentucky defense? West Virginia had five baskets in the first half while UK turned it over five times.
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* Does Daxter Miles think Kentucky has played hard yet? He had zero points and zero assists. He did have a rebound. Did he mean to say the deficit would be 36?
* Karl-Anthony Towns, perhaps the top pick in the NBA Draft, did not score a point or get a rebound in eight minutes of play in the first half. The Cats led by 26 points.
* Take it to the bank -- Notre Dame players will be lavishing praise on the Cats in the Friday press conferences.
* Did someone say Bob Huggins had John Calipari's number?
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
* West Virginia made 13 field goals and 13 turnovers.
* West Virginia hit 19 percent in the first half; 28 percent in the second half.
* UK made 26 of 32 foul shots.
* There were 50 fouls called in the first half and 37 baskets made.
* The Cats had 16 points off turnovers; West Virginia 11.
* Two fouls were called 15 seconds into the game. It took 14 seconds before a foul was called in the second half.
* West Virginia's best inside player, Devin Williams, had two fouls at the 18:46 mark of the first half.
* West Virginia played 12 players in the first half. The problem was that only three made a field goal. Only one made more than one.
* Devin Booker had made five of 19 shots over three games and one of 10 from three-point range. He hit his first two three-pointers Thursday.
* Towns scored his only point, a free throw, with 6:40 left in the game. He had four fouls 54 seconds into the second half.
* Aaron Harrison had 12 points nine minutes into the game.
* Kentucky hit 11 of its first 17 shots; West Virginia hit four of its first 17 shots.
* In the first half, UK scored 16 points in the paint to two for West Virginia.
* This was UK's biggest halftime lead (44-18) since 52-26 over Auburn on Feb. 21.
* John Calipari is making his fifth appearance in the Elite Eight in six years at UK. He is 3-1 in regional finals for UK. He is 21-3 in the NCAA Tournament as UK coach.
Kentucky plays Notre Dame on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. for a berth in the NCAA Final Four. Notre Dame beat Wichita State 81-70 Thursday night. A No. 3 seed, the Irish (32-5) won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. UK leads the series against Notre Dame 42-19. The last meeting was in 2012, when UK lost at Notre Dame 64-50. They have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky won 89-56 in 1958 and 109-99 in 1970. Notre Dame has played in one Final Four (1978). This is Notre Dame's first trip to the Elite Eight since 1979. This year's Notre Dame team is led by 6-foot-5 All-America guard Jerian Grant (16.8 ppg) and point guard Demetrius Jackson, considered by some a first-round NBA pick. Notre Dame hit 18 of 24 shots in the second half against Wichita State. The Irish are not big but an excellent offensive team that is very dangerous from three-point land.