The Kentucky Wildcats destroyed West Virginia on Thursday night as they advance to the Elite Eight in style while fellow top seed Wisconsin join them.
Kentucky produced a near perfect performance in their dominant display over WVU, with Trey Lyles scoring 14 points and Andrew Harrison adding 13 as the Wildcats sealed a 37th straight win of the season to win their Midwest regional semi-final comfortably.
Next up is Notre Dame after their win over Wichita State, with the third seed needing something special in order to deny Kentucky the championship that many believed they would win prior to the tournament even starting.
Pat Connaughton had a solid game with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish, while Jerian Grant added nine points and 11 assists as Notre Dame won their eighth straight game.
However, while the favourites Kentucky produced an impressive offensive display, West Virginia’s 39 points were the fewest in a Sweet 16 game since the tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1975.
Elsewhere, the Wisconsin Badgers found life a little trickier against North Carolina as they overcame a half-time deficit to rally and secure their spot in the Elite Eight.
Sam Dekker had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Kaminsky added 19 as Wisconsin improved to 34-3 for the season and advance to the West Regional final to be played on Saturday against No.2 seed Arizona who were victorious against Xavier.
TJ McConnell led the charge with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists to ensure that Arizona pulled away from Xavier in the second half.
NCAA Tournament 2015 results:
Wichita State 70-81 Notre Dame
North Carolina 72-79 Wisconsin
WVU 39-78 Kentucky
Xavier 60-68 Arizona