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Washington out for Kentucky; Abilene Christian embracing underdog role

Abilene Christian and Kentucky share the Wildcats nickname, but they have little else in common going into their first-round NCAA Tournament meeting Thursday night in Jacksonville, Fla.

No. 15 seed Abilene Christian (27-6) is in the tournament for the first time, while second-seeded Kentucky (27-6) is entered for an NCAA-record 58th time.

"Why wouldn't we play Kentucky?" Abilene Christian coach Joe Golding said of the Midwest Region matchup. "They've got Hall of Fame head coaches -- including the one there now -- and five-star recruits up and down their lineup."

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Leaders
Points: J. Lewis13.7
Rebounds: J. Lewis6.2
Assists: J. Franklin4.9
FG%: J. Lewis46.2%
FT%: J. Lewis74.0%
3P%: P. Ricks40.8%
Steals: J. Franklin1.8
Blocks: J. Friday1.0
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke29-5
2 Virginia29-3
3 North Carolina27-6
4 Gonzaga30-3
5 Michigan State28-6
6 Tennessee29-5
7 Kentucky27-6
8 Michigan28-6
9 Texas Tech26-6
10 Florida State27-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke29-5
2 Virginia29-3
3 Gonzaga30-3
4 North Carolina27-6
5 Tennessee29-5
6 Michigan State28-6
7 Kentucky27-6
8 Michigan28-6
9 Houston31-3
10 Texas Tech26-6
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Southland Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Sam Houston State 16-2 21-12
Abilene Christian 14-4 27-6
Lamar 12-6 20-13
New Orleans 12-6 19-14
Southeastern Louisiana 12-6 17-16
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-9 14-18
Central Arkansas 8-10 14-19
Houston Baptist 8-10 12-18
Stephen F. Austin 7-11 14-16
Nicholls 7-11 14-17
Northwestern State 6-12 11-20
McNeese State 5-13 9-22
UIW 1-17 6-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 74.5 (121)
Rebounds: 9.8 (188)
Assists: 15.6 (32)
FG%: 47.4% (37)
FT%: 71.5% (150)
3P%: 38.6% (16)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 63.1 (20)
Rebounds: 23.3 (311)
Assists: 10.5 (27)
FG%: 43.0% (133)
FT%: 72.0% (270)
3P%: 33.2% (115)
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