NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Kentucky and Kansas have combined to win 3,435 games. The defending national champion Wildcats got the only victory that mattered Sunday.

In the first-ever postseason meeting between the national powers, Scott Padgett scored a career-high 29 points _ including seven of Kentucky's 13 in overtime _ as the Wildcats beat Kansas 92-88 Sunday in the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Padgett, who forced overtime with a 3-pointer, opened the extra period with a 19-foot jumper and then added five free throws in the final 1:05 for Kentucky (27-8). He also had three of his 10 rebounds in overtime.

The Wildcats, who have played in three straight national championship games, advance to play Miami, Ohio, in the round of 16 at St. Louis next Friday.

Padgett's 3-pointer with 18.7 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 79-79 and ended a 4:32 stretch in which Kentucky didn't make a field goal. Padgett, MVP of last year's Final Four, got the ball from Jamaal Magloire, who had grabbed an offensive rebound after Wayne Turner missed.

Kansas (23-10) still had a chance in regulation, but freshman Jeff Boschee was stripped by Turner while making a move to the basket. Kenny Gregory came up with the ball in the corner, but couldn't make the shot at the buzzer.

Kansas had built a 79-74 lead with a 12-3 run that including four three-point plays. Ryan Robertson hit three free throws and then the Jayhawks hit three 3-pointers in 90 seconds, the last by Boschee with 1:29 left.

The Jayhawks couldn't score again, Boschee missing before Padgett's game-tying basket.