.....And Kentucky is pounding Cornell, 32-16, at the half. The Wildcats started slow but finished the half on a 30-6 run.
The Wildcats have really subscribed to the K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid) method of dismantling an undersized and less athletic team -- they are pounding it into the paint and scoring lay-ups. They have outscored Cornell 24-6 in the paint and also have a 17-2 edge in points off turnovers.
In other words, they aren't jacking up a bunch of shots, they are taking the ball to the hoop which is what you are supposed to do when you out-athlete and outsize a team.
Cornell needs to make a little bit of a run early in this half or it is going to get ugly because the Wildcats are running and dunking at will right now.
But back to West Virginia -- what an impressive performance by the Mountaineers, who just dismantled Washington to the tune of 69-56. The margin was only 13 points, but considering West Virginia's style and the pace the Mountaineers play at, it might as well have been 25 because it was that much of a mismatch in the second half - it was men among boys.
If it was boxing match, Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar would have thrown in the towel because the Mountaineers just took control of the game and dished out a beating on the glass to the tune of a 49-29 rebounding edge, including 23 offensive rebounds and 17 second chance points (to Washington's 0).
This is the second trip to the Elite Eight for West Virginia in the past six seasons and if Bob Huggins continues to recruit these kinds of athletes, there is no reason to believe it won't be their last under his watch.