As per usual, the Kentucky basketball team got to enjoy Selection Sunday from the comfort of John Calipari’s home. Or at least, they tried to. With the SEC Championship game’s late-afternoon finish, the Cats didn’t return to Lexington until after the Wildcats’ draw had already been announced. Lucky for them (okay… lucky for us), members of the media were allowed to greet and speak with Coach Cal and the players once they all arrived at the head coach’s house.
When they did finally arrive, they arrived in style. The team had already received their SEC Champs hats, and they got their new t-shirts shortly after their arrival.
They settled in to watch the rest of the Selection Sunday show, even though their region had already been announced. Check out the birds-eye-view to get a feel for how popular these guys were today:
Nick Richards and Sacha Killeya-Jones were still rocking the nets:
After the selection show ended, it was time for interviews. First up, John Calipari. The head coach commented on another tough bracket for his team, his relationship with Sean Miller, how Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to set himself apart and the possibility of playing five games in eight days:
After a quick team meeting, Wenyen Gabriel and Hamidou Diallo came out to answer our questions. They addressed Kentucky’s seeding, their potential opponents and what they learned about this team over the past few days. Watch their full comments here:
When it was time to leave, the players were greeted by fans outside of Cal’s house. They signed autographs and took pictures before loading the bus.
My personal favorite is obviously the man who brought a bass guitar for Wenyen Gabriel to sign. Because, why not?
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