UK BASKETBALL | Kentucky Preparing for Sweet 16 Match-Up

03/21/2018 04:33 PM

The Kentucky men’s basketball team is getting ready for its Sweet 16 match-up.

The No. 5-seeded Wildcats (26-10) will face the No. 9-seeded Kansas St. Wildcats (24-11) at approximately 9:37 p.m. ET on Thursday inside Atlanta’s Philips Arena.

Many experts believe that UK is the favorite to make it to the Final Four from the South Region.

“We’re excited to be here still playing,” said UK Head Coach John Calipari. “My challenge is making sure these kids don’t drink that poison, that poison being we have an easy road. There are no easy roads in this tournament. If they drink that poison, we’ll be done Thursday. If they don’t drink the poison, it’ll be a dogfight on Thursday, and let’s see what happens.”

The Kentucky players echoed what Calipari said, saying that they don’t want to drink that poison:

Thursday’s match-up between Kentucky and Kansas St. will be the tenth meeting between the two programs. UK leads the all-time series 9-0.

Some of the UK players talked about the match-up on Wednesday during media availability:

One of the players who has made a big difference for the Kentucky Wildcats recently is guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Gilgeous-Alexander has scored at least 19 points in each of his last four games.

UK enters the game on a five-game winning streak.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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