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Kansas State players didn’t give Kentucky any trash talk

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

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.



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8 Comments for Kansas State players didn’t give Kentucky any trash talk

  1. nicky
    4:22 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

    Using the ‘woe is me’ strategy won’t work either

  2. gasman01
    4:43 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

    We’ve played some our worst basketball with late game starting times. Hope they are ready Thursday night..

  3. henderblue
    4:50 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

    Why do we need the motivation of trash talk to get up for a game like this? We’re playing for the elite eight and a chance to go to the final four. The opportunity to prove all the naysayers and negative Nancy’s wrong, that have run their mouths this whole year should be motivation enough.

    • Eazy
      8:27 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

      Calipari is 6-0 so far in sweet 16 games at UK so I think we will be ready to roll.

    • henderblue
      10:40 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

      I think so too. Cal will have them ready

  4. Swizzle
    4:56 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

    Cats by 14+

  5. lexslamman
    5:04 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

    This UK team has been humbled enough times that they probably don’t overlook anyone – but Kansas State is laughable as a Sweet 16 team. I was more worried about Buffalo.

    • 2thepoint
      6:22 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

      They play hard and won’t be intimidated. They have speed too. They played tough in most games all season. If the cats play hard and make shots KY will win.