Kentucky will face Iowa State in the third round of the South Region Saturday after the Cyclones knocked out defending champion Connecticut.
The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 for most of the season, had a 24-game winning streak snapped Sunday in the finals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Kentucky found itself with only a one-point lead midway through the first half Thursday against the only team in this year's NCAA field with a losing record.
Kentucky, however, broke loose to take a 19-point advantage at the intermission and the lead grew to as many as 32 points during the second half.
Western Kentucky (16-19) got into the tournament by capturing the Sun Belt Conference tourney as the No. 7 seed and then rallied to defeat Mississippi Valley in a first-round game Tuesday.
T.J. Price scored 21 points for the Hilltoppers, who shot only 39.7 percent.