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Wildcats deadly from foul line against Hoosiers

ATLANTA -- Kentucky set the NCAA Tournament record by making 35 of 37 free throws in its 102-90 victory over Indiana in the South Regional semifinals Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

The Wildcats hit 16 in a row in the final minutes to finish off the 94.6 percent performance.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague and Darius Miller all were perfect at the line, with Kidd-Gilchrist going 10-for-10 en route to a team-best 24 points.

"I've been doing this for 20 years, so I've probably had some teams that have (shot free throws) like this," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "But I've also had some teams shoot 30 percent from the foul line. Let me say this: It's a lot easier when they go up and make free throws."

Indiana shot a solid 76.5 percent from the foul line, but going 13-for-17 just wasn't good enough against Kentucky.

"Looking at the stats, it comes down to fouling," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "When they make 22 more free throws and attempt 20 more than we do, that is the only way I could imagine (losing)."

Kentucky (35-2) was 26 of 27 at the foul line in the second half after going 9 of 10 before intermission. Lamb was right behind Kidd-Gilchrist's 10-for-10 effort by going 8-for-8. Teague was 6-for-6 and Miller 5-for-5.

"It's not any big deal," Kidd-Gilchrist said, acting if the Wildcats' success was routine. "We're just taking our time with free throws."

"In the pregame, we made our foul shots," Lamb said. "So I knew it would be a great time for making them (against Indiana) and we did."

Up and down they go

Louisville and Michigan State combined for 101 points in their West Regional semifinal. Kentucky scored one more than that itself.

The pace of the Cardinals' 57-44 victory over Michigan State has become the norm of the NCAA Tournament. But Kentucky and Indiana would have none of that, never putting the shot clock to the test.

"I like a game like that," said Calipari, whose team scored its most points since beating Marist 108-58 in the season opener.

"I can't stand a game in the 50s. Can't stand coaching it, can't stand watching it."

"It was a fun game to be part of the way both teams played," said Kentucky's Darius Miller, who had 19 points.

Indiana's losing point total was the second-most by any team in the NCAA Tournament this year.

"It was a war and Indiana played great," Calipari said. "We just happened to play a little bit better."

Watford at his best again

Christian Watford hit the buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Indiana its 73-72 upset of Kentucky in Bloomington on Dec. 10 and he did all he could to get the best of the No. 1-ranked Wildcats for a second time.

Watford had a game-high 27 points in the rematch after scoring 20 during the regular-season meeting.

Indiana (27-9) was 9-for-15 from behind the 3-point arc back in December, but just 5-for-18 this time. Even Watford couldn't match his earlier magic, going 3-for-9.

Cody Zeller had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers, while Jordan Hulls contributed nine assists and 12 points. Victor Oladipo fouled out with 4:49 to play after scoring 15.