Cats survive Houston, advance to Elite Eight

Cats survive Houston, advance to Elite Eight

Cats survive Houston, advance to Elite Eight

P.J. Washington was in too much pain to take part in the Kentucky Wildcats shoot around Friday, but played in the game that night and had a key block late to preserve a 62-58 win over Houston in the Midwest Regional semifinal.

Freshman Tyler Herro led Kentucky in scoring with 19, which included a key 3-pointer with 25.8 seconds left in the game to give the Wildcats the lead after Houston had erased a double-digit United Kingdom lead. "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".

Auburn briefly cooled off from deep before lengthening out to a 19-point lead with just over nine minutes left. Washington followed with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Okeke will remain in Kansas City with Auburn for the team's Elite Eight matchup with Kentucky on Sunday (1:20 p.m. CT on CBS) before his surgery next week, according to an Auburn spokesman.

The head coach also went on to say that Little hasn't practiced this week and if the game was to be played on Thursday, he would not be able to go.

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The Cougars (33-4) got 20 points from junior guard Armoni Brooks, who made six of 12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.

March Madness continues with the opening of the Sweet 16 round of tournament play. No player was more influential in the victory than Auburn sophomore Chuma Okeke, who was forced to leave the game in the second half after suffering a serious leg injury. "Kind of started hurting in the second half, but I have to tough through it".

His status was a mystery right up until the first media timeout, when he entered to a standing ovation from fans behind the Kentucky bench.

Kentucky: The Wildcats look formidable now that Washington is back.

Auburn's Chuma Okeke paced his team to the win.

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