KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For somebody who wasn’t positive to play till shortly earlier than tipoff, PJ Washington had an enormous position for Kentucky in its Candy 16 victory over Houston.
Washington, Kentucky’s main scorer and rebounder within the common season, did not begin however performed 26 minutes and scored 16 factors as Kentucky, the No. 2 seed within the Midwest Regional, outlasted Houston 62-58.
“It form of began hurting within the second half, however I simply suffered by it,” stated Washington, who added he took painkillers earlier than the sport. “I am positively going again to get some remedy after this and get an excellent evening’s sleep.”
Kentucky beat Auburn by 27 the final time the 2 performed. The Tigers have not misplaced since that Feb. 23 assembly.
Tyler Herro hit a Three-pointer with 25.eight seconds left to present 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 Friday evening.
The Wildcats will play fifth-seeded Auburn on Sunday for the fitting to advance to the Remaining 4.
“It is good to have PJ again,” Kentucky coach John Calipari stated. “We do not win the sport immediately with out him. What he did and the presence he provides to the sport and his capacity to go and do various things and you are not going to [overpower] him. You are not going to muscle him. You are not going to push him round. It is not going to occur.”
Washington sprained his foot within the SEC match and did not play within the Wildcats’ NCAA match victories over Abilene Christian and Wofford. He had a solid this week and resumed practising Thursday however wasn’t a lock to play till shortly earlier than sport time in opposition to Houston.
“How we bought by final weekend with out him, I don’t know,” Calipari stated. “In case you take the most effective participant off any workforce within the NCAA match, you are not going to be the identical. We simply occurred to outlive.”