"The worst feeling that I've probably ever had as far as during a game knowing that we played so well as a team". "If I go 3 for 12, we win the game. They just chased. They knew they couldn't let up", Calipari said. "I go over often to watch film. Their bigs are really skilled around the basket, they know how to move on the floor, but we're just better than them overall, I think, so the advantage is our way, in my opinion". The Wofford senior is undeniably skilled on the offensive end, but Magee must use the pre-draft and individual workouts to prove whether his game can translate to the next level, and make him an effective National Basketball Association player worth a look in this year's Draft. Washington, the Wildcats' leader in scoring (14.8 points per game) and recounds (7.5) this season, is being held out of Saturday's game against the Terriers for precautionary reasons.
The Terriers pulled to within 58-56 with 37 seconds remaining but were unable to get a stop.
"We want to stay within ourselves, play our game, and we feel that if we do that, we can be right there and we can compete with them", Magee said.
Any concerns about whether a young Kentucky team would fold under the pressure of playing the NCAA Tournament were put to rest on Thursday. Saturday afternoon the Terriers got a chance to play another one of nation's elite teams - Kentucky. "So don't be sad that it's over, be happy that it occurred. I feel like I was aware of it, but I just kind of blocked it out and tried to focus on winning". Wofford has three other shooters who have made at least 40 treys - Nathan Hoover, Storm Murphy and Tray Hollowell - and is shooting 41.8 percent from 3 on the season as a team. He scored 24 points, hitting 7-of-12 threes to topple the Pirates.More news: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Louisville Cardinals Preview & Picks
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That shot also gave Magee his 154th on the year - a career high. "If I would've played a little bit below average we still would've beat Kentucky".
In the first round of the NCAA tournament against Seton Hall, Magee set the Division I career 3-point record in making seven against the Pirates. He finished 4-for-17 from the field against the Wildcats.
It's just a brutal stat for Magee, who is truly one of the best 3-point shooters of all time, as just two makes would have sent the game to overtime. But the Wildcats still had too much fire power. Reid Travis and Tyler Herro both sank a pair of foul shots sandwiched around Magee's final desperate 3-point miss, securing Kentucky a Sweet 16 date against either Houston or Ohio State.
"What you don't have a pulse of is how uncommon he is and how hard he's worked time and time again in that gym", coach Mike Young said. Though Magee said Kentucky did a good job on him, the senior did not necessarily think the No. 2-seeded Wildcats played him any differently than his other opponents.