More from March Mad­ness: Ken­tucky ad­vances to the Sweet 16, hold­ing off Wi­chita State 65-62. Wi­chita State fin­ishes 31-5.

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indianapolis» Bam Ade­bayo timed it per­fectly, slap­ping the shot away with his right hand less than a sec­ond be­fore the buzzer sounded. For the 13th game in a row, Ken­tucky’s fab­u­lous fresh­men had their hands all over an­other win.

And the Wild­cats moved right into the Sweet 16.

The youngest team in March Mad­ness grew up in the clos­ing min­utes on Sun­day and sent Wi­chita State to yet an­other sec­ond-round heart­break, 6562 in the NCAA Tour­na­ment .

“They’re young, but they have a will to win and play with courage and are skilled bas­ket­ball play­ers and great kids who share,” coach John Cali­pari said.

The fresh­man trio made all of the sig­nif­i­cant plays in the fi­nal min­utes.

De’Aaron Fox had 14 points, in­clud­ing a late steal and dunk. Malik Monk blocked a shot and made two free throws in the fi­nal 13 sec­onds. Ade­bayo had 13 points and 10 re­bounds, and he fin­ished it off by swat­ting away Landry Shamet’s 3-point at­tempt as it left his hand with less than a sec­ond left.

“He pump-faked, and I knew he had to shoot it so I just went up and tried to block it,” Ade­bayo said. As sim­ple as that. Ken­tucky (31-5) moved into the Sweet 16 for the sev­enth time in nine years. The Shock­ers (31-5) were wip­ing away tears af­ter an­other crush­ing sec­on­dround loss.

(3) UCLA 79, (6) Cincin­nati 67

B sacra­mento, calif.» Lonzo Ball scored 18 points to lead all five UCLA starters in dou­ble fig­ures as the Bru­ins ral­lied from a three­p­oint half­time deficit to ad­vance.

(1) North Carolina 72, (7) Arkansas 65 B

greenville, s.c.» Kennedy Meeks had 16 points and a huge tip-in with 44.2 sec­onds left to help North Carolina barely avoid a huge up­set.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ken­tucky’s Bam Ade­bayo and Wi­chita State’s Zach Brown reach for a re­bound Sun­day dur­ing their sec­ond-round game. Jeff Rober­son,

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