Quincy Acy kept his promise and didn’t back down as the Bears tried to send the message early that they would not be intimidated by Kentucky. But the senior’s efforts did more to fire up the Wildcats as Baylor’s Final Four dream ended with an 82-70 loss to Kentucky in Sunday’s South Regional final.
Acy had 22 points but had too little scoring help as Baylor was overwhelmed by Kentucky’s talent and depth.
Pierre Jackson had 21 points, including five baskets in the final 2 minutes. Baylor had only one other scorer in double figures and couldn’t pull closer than 10 points. Perry Jones III added 17 points for Baylor (30-8), which was denied its bid for its first Final Four appearance in 62 years. The Bears led 10-5 but Kentucky answered with a 16 unanswered points never lost the lead.
Kentucky rolled just the way you’d expect it to – a monster showing from the relentless Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (19 points, 17 in the first half), and double-doubles from Davis (18-10) and Terrence Jones (12-10). This wasn’t the flawless performance they pulled off against Indiana, though. UK only made 30-of-44 free throws. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s 19 points led Kentucky (36-2), which will play in-state rival Louisville in the Final Four on Saturday.