Buffalo made the mistake of trash talking Kentucky last weekend and paid for it. So far, Kansas State is smart enough not to poke the bear. In fact, when asked, K-State’s players said they’re using the national media’s narrative that Kentucky will cruise to the Final Four as motivation.
“I don’t think much of it,” Dean Wade said. “We play basketball too. I think some people forget that when they say stuff like that. Just because we didn’t have a high seed doesn’t mean we’re not good. We’re going to come out there and compete. We just can’t listen to what they say on social media.”
Junior guard Kamau Stokes agreed.
“We don’t really care for it much. A lot of people said a lot of people are going to beat us. A lot of people had Creighton beating us so we don’t pay attention to any of that. We’ve just got to prepare for the game and treat it the same way.”
Xavier Sneed said Kansas State is used to being overlooked, citing the fact that the Wildcats were ranked eighth in most Big 12 preseason polls.
“We really don’t look at that. We don’t care about that. Like I said earlier, we were ranked eighth in the Big 12, so we know the feeling. We’ve got to come out and play our game and stay focused.”
“We’re going to keep using stuff like that as motivation,” freshman guard Mike McGuirl said.