Oakland shocks Kentucky behind Gohlke's 10 3s – EVOL

Brooke Pryor, ESPN Staff WriterMar 21, 2024, 10:02 PM ET

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PITTSBURGH — Don’t fit Jack Gohlke and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies for a glass slipper.

They don’t want it.

After thwarting third-seeded Kentucky 80-76, thanks in large part to his 10 3-pointers, Gohlke spurned the cliche title bestowed on lower seeds who upset the tournament’s top-tier teams.

“Obviously, we come in, we’re the underdog by all measures, but as a player you can’t think that way,” Gohlke said. “You got to go out there and think you have the same talent level as them. I know they have draft picks, and I know I’m not going to the NBA, but I know on any given night I can compete with those guys — and our team can.

“That’s why I say we’re not a Cinderella, because when we play our A-game, we can be the best team on the floor.”

On Thursday night they were, leading Kentucky for nearly 28 minutes. And Gohlke, who spent the first five seasons of his career, including a redshirt year, at Division II Hillsdale College, was arguably the

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