NCAA Tournament roundup: Okeke injured as Auburn upsets UNC


The No. 2-seeded Kentucky Wildcats held on against the No. 3- seeded Houston Cougars, 62-58, in a Friday night Sweet 16 battle.

Herro hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25.8 seconds left, then drained a pair of free throws with 13.7 seconds remaining to ice the victory. Kentucky finished off the Cougars with defensive stops to get the win.

Herro led United Kingdom with 19 points on a 7-for-13 shooting night. Remember, nobody was expecting Washington to contribute much in this game, but now, with Washington looking like he has returned to form, Kentucky is once again a devastating team to be reckoned with going forward.

There was a notion this Kentucky team might max out after two rounds of the NCAA Tournament if its star forward Washington didn't come back from a foot injury. Between 10 combined made 3s and 32 combined made buckets, Auburn leads 41-39 halfway through the race after scoring just before the halftime buzzer.

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. During the same stretch, United Kingdom made a pair of buckets and converted six of seven free throws.

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Washington, the power forward who's a projected first-round National Basketball Association draft pick this year, was wearing a cast on his sprained left foot only three days ago and hadn't played since March 16. On the season, Okeke was Auburn's third-leading scorer, averaging 12 points per game.

The hot shooting was part of a 6-for-8 Auburn start to the second half.

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. He played 26, making 6 of 8 shots with a couple dunks and made that big block at the end.

Kentucky: The Wildcats look formidable now that Washington is back. As Okeke left the court, players from North Carolina came over and wished him well in a show of good sportsmanship.

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