You might’ve noticed that Reid Travis ditched his knee brace midway through the game. If he hadn’t, he doesn’t think he would’ve been able to finish.
“I was just cramping way too much,” said Travis, when Kyle Tucker asked why he removed his knee brace. “I wanted to keep it on, but I didn’t think I could finish the game, as far as my leg. It’s tough having it on there, it’s heavier, it kind of cuts off my circulation. I knew if I kept it on I was probably going to cramp down the stretch and I wasn’t going to finish the game, so I kind of just made that call on my way own.”
Travis felt that his rehab and training paid off, which is why he was able to play so hard on that right knee down the stretch. He plans to continue on without it (without the brace, not the knee), but he will see how the it holds up in practice next week before making a final decision.
Calipari also spoke about Travis’ training on a much broader level, in how Travis was ready for his first NCAA Tournament.
“He trained his whole life for this,” said Calipari. “Before the last game, I just told him, you’ve been waiting for this your whole life, and yesterday he was unbelievable, had eight of nine or whatever he did, 18 points, and today he did well again, and every time we needed a basket to separate, we were throwing it to him.
“He is truly professional in how he deals with everything, from training to weight training to keeping his body right to being where he’s supposed to on time. People that have come in my gym and watched us coach said that kid never takes his eyes off you. He is totally engaged with what you’re saying. And I get on him, now. Like I’m on him like I am these young kids. I just don’t have to as much because his is never effort. Theirs is always effort. His is never effort. It’s like some other things he may do, and basically it’s revert back some.”
Now enjoy this funny moment from the locker room when Reid Travis and WHAS’s Kent Spencer couldn’t get on the same page.