Kentucky coach John Calipari had many complaints after the selection committee hid his wildcats in the South Region. However, with seeds Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 falling on the first weekend, it is unlikely that you will see him angry about the draw he has to reach the Final Four. It is very possible that Kentucky meets a seed 9 and 11 to reach the Final Four. That road starts on Thursday against No. 9 Kansas State.
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March Madness matchup:
Kentucky vs. Kansas State
When: Thursday, March 22 at 9:37 p.m. ET
Where: Philips Arena — Atlanta, Georgia
A week after protesting the Kentucky NCAA draw, coach John Calipari’s team is the highest remaining seed in the southern region, and the Wildcats have a great opportunity to reach their fifth Final Four with Calipari. . Kansas State is next in line after a favorable first-day draw, and coach Bruce Weber has a team at Sweet 16 for the first time since he led Illinois to the national championship game in 2005. Kentucky is a favorite of 5.5 points in this, and that number could go up before Thursday’s game.
The Kentucky Wildcats, after bouncing both Davidson and Buffalo, will face the Kansas State Wildcats at Sweet 16. Kentucky will enter the Sweet 16 after their most impressive win of the season. Despite facing problems of early fouls, his second best player having a bad game, and his third best outfielder, Kentucky knocked Buffalo out in the last 32.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has led the Wildcats to a 9-1 record in his last ten games and has seen his stock offer rise to the high lottery. With four possible remaining games, they will need to be even more spectacular to achieve their goal of winning a championship. Although (sometimes) it seems that the young point guard can do it alone, he will need his supporting cast to get up and do his job.
Start with Kevin Knox.
Knox comes from one of his worst games of the season in which he was constantly fouled and neglected at both ends of the floor. Against a difficult defensive team like Kansas State, Kentucky will need to get back on the offensive path. Jarred Vanderbilt, who has been out of the last two games with an ankle injury, could return to the court Thursday night.
PJ Washington, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Wenyen Gabriel have joined forces (and have done well) to try to make up for the absence of Vanderbilt, but no one on this list brings that kind of intensity to the crystal. If he can return, Kentucky instantly recovers the ball better and has five other fouls to apply in the paint.
About No. 5 seed Kentucky
The Wildcats’ once difficult draw on paper has now netted them two relatively snoozers in 12 seed Davidson and 13 seed Marshall. Their first test will come Thursday against Kansas State, a middling Big 12 team that, unlike Kentucky, is flush with experience and upperclassmen.
About No. 9 seed Kansas State
The Wildcats of Kansas State crushed the dreams of Cinderella story UMBC just days after it knocked off 1 seed Virginia. Now they face a Kentucky Wildcats team loaded with NBA talent. It’s a dramatic uptick in competition, but the good news is that junior Dean Wade is trending towards playing. With him, they’ve got the offensive firepower to stick with John Calipari’s team.