KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIAT/AP) – Reporter Simone Eli spoke with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey after Auburn and Kentucky advanced to play each other in the Elite Eight.
The Midwest Region matchup tips off Sunday afternoon and Sankey says it’ll be an interesting position to be in: “it’s an odd feeling to be at an Elite 8 game and be neutral, but I look forward to that Sunday.”
Tyler Herro hit a 3-pointer with 25.8 seconds left to give Kentucky the lead after Houston had erased a double-digit lead, and the Wildcats escaped their NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal with a 62-58 win over Houston. Herro’s huge basket gave the Wildcats a 60-58 lead and came after Houston’s Corey Davis Jr. had his driving shot swatted away by PJ Washington. Washington was making his return after missing the first two tournament games with a left foot injury.
Fifth-seeded Auburn poured in 17 3-pointers, many of them during a game-changing run that spanned halftime, and the Tigers rolled to a 97-80 upset over North Carolina in the Midwest Region semifinals. Chuma Okeke led with the way with 20 points and 11 boards for the Tigers, though he left late with a knee injury. Coby White and Cameron Johnson scored 15 points apiece to lead the Tar Heels.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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