They say the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry means more for those that are from the state of Kentucky. The same could be said for one of Kentucky’s two North Carolina natives.
Chapel Hill native Sacha Killeya-Jones is very familiar with the Tar Heels. Killeya-Jones became a North Carolina fan when his family moved from New Jersey around his seventh birthday. His mother works for the university, and many of his family members are UNC fans.
“There was definitely a little bit of influence to go over there,” Killeya-Jones said. “It’s definitely a big game for me. It’s coming full circle.”
His family will be cheering for him, but you will not be able to find them walking around Chapel Hill this week wearing a Kentucky jersey.
Bam Adebayo grew up not too far away in Little Washington, North Carolina. Bam’s thoughts on playing his home state school contrast from Killeya-Jones.
“We take every game as serious as any other,” Adebayo said. “Most people, because I’m from Carolina think it’s a more important game. It’s just a game to us and we’re just playing hard.”
Adebayo knows they must bring their A-game against an exceptional North Carolina team. “They’re a pretty good team. They’ve got length. They’ve got speed,” Bam said. “We take every game the same. We need to come out with the same energy, the same intensity.”