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Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison and Karl Towns look ahead to Wisconsin


Kentucky will meet Wisconsin once again in the semifinals and two of the players from last year’s game, Dakari Johnson and Aaron Harrison, along with newcomer Karl Towns, talked about Round 2 today.

Johnson said this year he and his teammates have a different mindset entering the Final Four. “Last year it wasn’t expected,” the sophomore told reporters. “This year it’s expected from us so you know we are going out there to win and last year it kind of just felt like we were happy to be there.”

Harrison, who hit the game-winner against the Badgers a year ago, is excited to have Willie Cauley-Stein this time around. If you recall, Willie suffered an ankle injury in the Sweet 16 and missed the remainder of the tournament. His defense will be crucial in slowing down Kaminsky, Dekker and the Wisconsin offense.

Having Willie on the floor is obviously a huge help. He’s probably the best defender I’ve ever seen in person. He’s a big help,” said Harrison.

Towns is ready to get a shot at Naismith Player of the Year finalist Frank Kaminsky. Towns said, “Kaminsky is a great player and it is going to be just one competitive game. I really can’t wait to play.”

Let’s do this.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison and Karl Towns look ahead to Wisconsin

  1. Rixter
    4:19 pm March 31, 2015 Permalink

    Towns said “Kaminsky is a great player”, and it’s going to be a competitive game… and not “Kaminsky doesn’t work that hard”, and “they’re going home Saturday”.

    Everyone else in college athletics…. this is how it’s done.

  2. plumloopy
    4:20 pm March 31, 2015 Permalink

    It’s easy to forget that last year we did not have a future All American in the final three games. Does WCS turn the tide against UConn?

  3. Mc12
    4:24 pm March 31, 2015 Permalink

    Towns is our only legitimate post player. When he’s out of the game, the guards will have to deliver.

    The way I see it is that we can match up with them at every position: Towns on Kaminsky, WCS on Dekker, Lyles on Hayes, and the twins on their guards.

    I think what separates UK is our guards are a little better. We have more depth (which doesn’t have as much impact with the extra breaks). And also, nobody on their team can guard Towns in the paint. So expect a lot of flopping around by Kaminsky trying to get Towns out of the game. With Towns in there, the team is a lot more balanced so they’ll do their best to prevent that by flopping on defense and jumping in to him wildly to draw contact.

    If it works for them, I think Dakari is going to surprise me and go to work since they have nobody to match his size. So Dakari may be the X-Factor.

  4. Mc12
    4:34 pm March 31, 2015 Permalink

    We can match them at every position but they have nobody that can guard Towns in the post. As a result, I expect a lot of pathetic flopping on both sides of the ball by Kaminsky.

    Dakari may be the X-Factor if the flopping works.