Wichita State spent their afternoon talking about Kentucky. Kentucky spent their afternoon talking about Kentucky.
“I don’t know too much about Wichita State,” Isaiah Briscoe said. “Our concern is us. We focus on us. As long as we go out there, play with energy, play hard and play Kentucky basketball, I think we’ll have a great chance to win.”
Briscoe was not alone. Senior Derek Willis explained why they don’t get wrapped up in their opponent.
“We don’t even get to see a game. Parts of what you do watch doesn’t even factor in on how you can form an opinion on someone. Like I said, just worry about ourselves and worry about what we’ve got to get done.”
Wichita State’s approach is much different. They re-watched the entire film from the 2014 NCAA Tournament game. During today’s interview process, Bam Adebayo’s name came up on numerous occasions.
While discussing Adebayo, junior forward Darral Willis Jr. said “that’s getting shut down tomorrow,” and his coach seemed to agree.
“We have a three-headed monster at the five,” Gregg Marshall said at the podium. “So we’re going to keep those guys fresh. Bam, I’m sure he’s in great shape, but he’s going to need to be in great shape tomorrow.”
Like his teammates, Bam Adebayo hasn’t paid much attention to Wichita State. When reporters told him what was said, he laughed.
“I’ve got to go out there and play hard and stick with my teammates. They’ve got confidence, and we’ve got high confidence too,” Adebayo said. “I just go out and play my game, have fun with my teammates, just listen to Cal and listen to my teammates.”
Kentucky will not conform, avoiding any confrontation with bulletin board material. It’s shocking that Wichita State is using talk trash before their second round game. The last time a team tried to do that it did not end well.
See everything the Cats had to say after the jump.