GAME RECAP: Kentucky advances to Sweet 16 with rout of Cincinnati

Published: Mar. 21, 2015 at 1:31 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 28, 2015 at 1:37 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Geographically separated by only 80 miles or so, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky rarely play each other in basketball.

And after what happened at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, don't expect a regular-season series to start up anytime soon.

Kentucky beat the undermanned Bearcats convincingly, 64-51, earning its 36th straight win and a spot in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 next week in Cleveland, Ohio.

Aaron Harrison led the way for the Cats with 13 points.

UK, ranked No. 1 all season, now has only four wins separating it from college basketball's first perfect season since 1976. A national championship would require a 40-0 record for the Wildcats, which would be the most wins in a single season in NCAA history.

Just as it was for Kentucky's breezy tournament opener Thursday, the Yum! Center was a sea of blue Saturday.

UK now takes its 36-0 record -- an NCAA record for most wins without a loss -- to the Sweet 16 for a Midwest Region semifinal game in Cleveland, Ohio, next week.

Kentucky beat Cincinnati in the 2005 NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis, the site of this year's Final Four.

Cincinnati, one of four Ohio teams to advance to the round of 32, finished its season at 23-11.

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