BOISE, Idaho -- Hamidou Diallo and some of his University of Kentucky teammates refused to take the bait Thursday night.

After taking care of Davidson, 78-73, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, lots of media folks in the UK locker room asked questions about the upcoming matchup with Arizona.

Not the potential matchup, but the one that was thought to be a certainty in the second round.

"We'll see who wins tonight," Diallo said. "It's March, and we're just gonna see who wins. We'll figure out the scout and just go out there and compete. No matter who we play, we're going to have to compete. It doesn't matter who it is."

Hello, Buffalo.

The No. 13 seed Bulls hammered No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68, hitting 3s, driving to the basket and making life miserable for Zona big man Deandre Ayton.

It wasn't a fluke. It was total domination. Buffalo took a double-digit lead midway through the second half, and then poured it on, outscoring Zona 49-30 in the final 20 minutes.

It would be easy to think now if you're in BBN that the NCAA tourney ocean parted for UK to roll through on to Atlanta for the South Regional.

Not so fast, ladies and gentlemen.

Buffalo played a game for the ages and showed just how capable it is in beating Arizona.

And, while this may seem like a strange comment, that might actually be a good thing for UK. An upset of this magnitude will definitely do one thing -- Buffalo has the full attention of the Kentucky Wildcats.

What the Wildcats absolutely can't do is fall in the trap of thinking "no way those guys can do that again."

There is plenty of danger in that for Kentucky. The team has gotten better and matured, but it has also coasted when it thought it could coast.

A team this young may not understand that coasting this time of year -- regardless the opponent -- leads to a long vacation. But you can bet UK coach John Calipari does.

"If they come after us and we back up, they'll probably win the game," Calipari said. "Everybody has got to get in the ring and play."

Kentucky will have to play much, much better than it did in getting by Davidson. But, under Coach Cal, UK usually follows an unfocused clunker with a determined game.

"We've got to play a lot better, we're gonna play harder, too," said freshman Kevin Knox, who made a number of clutch shots on his way to 25 points Thursday. "They fight on both ends of the basketball floor. Transition defense is going to be a big part of the game. If they want to run we're gonna run with them. We've got some good transition athletes on this team. It's going to be a track meet, it's going to come down to transition stops."

It's also going to come down to Kentucky matching Buffalo's intense passion as the Bulls will not be intimidated.

"We just played Arizona and there was supposed to be an intimidation factor there, but we came to play," forward Nick Perkins said in an excited Buffalo locker room Thursday night. "It don't matter what's on your chest. Just because your jersey says Arizona and mine says Buffalo doesn't mean you're going to beat me. You have to come to play."

Kentucky needs to fully understand that message Saturday afternoon.