Jemarl Baker played the best game of his career in Kentucky’s win over Wofford in the second game of the NCAA Tournament. Without Baker, it is hard to imagine Kentucky escaping the upset. He made two big shots, three important free throws, and his defense on Wofford’s shooters was key in saving the game.
John Calipari stole the mic during the postgame press conference to say, “First of all, let me talk, you guys haven’t asked Jemarl Baker a question, but let me just tell you, I said it after the game, we coach every kid like they’re a starter. That’s how they’re trained, every one of these kids. And I keep saying, we don’t know who’s going to be a star. What he did today defensively, he made a basket or two and we needed them. What he did defensively meant he was prepared for this moment.”
Baker chatted about his performance in the locker room, telling reporters, “I’ve just pictured it like this the whole time, just being able to come in and get on the floor and make an impact. I’ve been working hard my whole life to be able to perform in moments like this, and I just want to continue to get better and continue to be aggressive and get back to myself.”
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