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11-8, 4th in Southland

Abilene Christian gets past Central Arkansas in OT, 70-69

Payten Ricks knocked down three clutch free throws with a second left to force overtime, then scored the game-winning basket on a driving layup with four seconds remaining to lift Abilene Christian to a 70-69 win over Central Arkansas on Saturday night.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Senior Writer 

Sign of the night from the Abilene Christian band ...

Andrea Adelson ESPN Senior Writer 

Kentucky beat Abilene Christian resoundingly in the first round, thanks in large part to the trio of Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro and Travis Reid. Johnson scored a game-high 25 points, while Herro and Travis combined for 32. It will get tougher from here, but for one game anyway, Kentucky didn't need PJ Washington to get a win.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's a pretty interesting stat to note from Kentucky's 39-13 halftime lead on Abilene Christian. The 13 points are the fewest Kentucky has given up in a half in NCAA tournament history.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Senior Writer 

With PJ Washington watching from the sideline, Kentucky overwhelmed Abilene Christian in the first half, showing it did not need its star player to handle the undermanned No. 15 seed. Kentucky outscored Abilene Christian 26-6 in the paint and outrebounded them 23-10. Kentucky was 9-of-12 on layups, compared with 3-of-9 for Abilene Christian.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Senior Writer 

Kentucky is making it look too easy against Abilene Christian, using its superior size advantage and athleticism to jump out to an early 17-3 lead. Abilene Christian has had trouble getting its jumpers to fall, while Kentucky has dominated in every area.

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Split decision: Coach to face UK with torn pants

Abilene Christian coach Joe Golding, who ripped the seat of his pants while celebrating the Southland Conference tournament title, will wear those same pants when he faces Kentucky on Thursday.

Team Stats

Points Per Game76.277th
Rebounds Per Game34.1313th
Assists Per Game15.256th
Points Allowed64.359th

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