It was a happy, happy locker room after the game. Willie Cauley-Stein said that three weeks ago, Kentucky couldn’t have won this game, and were only able to now because they’re finally playing more as a team. “We’re sharing the ball and everyone’s into their own role now. It’s coming together like a puzzle.”
How different are the Cats than when they played Louisville back on December 28th? “Completely different. We’re not even the same team as then. I feel like we were a lot better than them then, and they played really well. Now, everybody is playing on that level that we played on that day, so we’re just a better team.”
Dakari Johnson can’t stop smiling now, but said he was a “nervous wreck” on the sidelines when Wichita State had the ball at the end of the game. Now that they’re on their way to the Sweet 16? “It feels good. Today we’re just going to enjoy this win and enjoy the how we finished.”
Andrew Harrison was a big reason the Cats came out on top, and Dakari says his leadership was invaluable. “He showed great leadership even though his elbow’s bothering him, he stepped up real big and controlled our team.”
This victory was especially sweet for Alex Poythress, who called the win a “reliever,” and said it showed “what we came to do.” He said the locker room was “ecstatic, everyone was jumping up and down, jumping around, jumping on each other. It was really exciting.”
Imagine when we beat the Cards.