NEW ORLEANS - Two games, two blowouts.
John Calipari's top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are young and inexperienced but no longer unproven in the NCAA Tournament, during which their average margin of victory now stands at 29.5 points after two rounds.
Darius Miller scored a career-high 20 points and Kentucky made easy work of No. 9 Wake Forest during a 90-60 rout in their second-round meeting Saturday night.
Miller scored 16 points in the first half to help the Wildcats (34-2) build an early double-digit lead that ballooned to 31 in the second half.
DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points for Kentucky, while John Wall scored 14 and Eric Bledsoe 13.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 16 points for Wake Forest (20-11), which was down by 16 at halftime and never mounted a credible comeback attempt during the final 20 minutes. C.J. Harris added 11 points.
In their first-round game, Kentucky built a 40-point lead while cruising to a 100-71 win over East Tennessee State. The Wildcats seemed only marginally more challenged by their second-round opponent.
Wake Forest, which needed overtime to squeeze out a dramatic 81-80 win over Texas, looked worn down and outmanned as Kentucky scored 52 points in the paint and shot 60 percent. The Wildcats even out-rebounded Wake Forest 42-34, a surprising statistic given that Wake Forest had out-rebounded Texas by 25 in the first round.
Sitting two rows behind the Kentucky bench, actress Ashley Judd was jubilant, happily posing for a photo with four students who had painted their chests white and blue, spelling out "CATS" when they stood side-by-side.