DES MOINES — Awards season was clear: Kentucky’s best players are Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray.
The pair of All-Americans earned several honors as the Wildcats finished their regular season as SEC co-champions and then won the conference tournament last week.
Beyond Ulis and Murray, though, who are teams most scared of?
SEC Country posed that question to five Hoosiers on Friday evening, and here’s what they had to say:
Senior guard Yogi Farrell: “Definitely (Derek) Willis, him being stretch 4 or stretch 5 that can down threes at an unbelievable rate. Skal can knock down 17, 15-footers and you have Alex Poythress down there in the alley that can score over any shoulder. You’ve got multiple guys on that team that can hurt you in any way.”
Senior guard Nick Zeisloft: “At this time of the year, anyone can play well and make shots. Whether it’s those two guys (Willis and Labissiere) making shots or someone that doesn’t play a lot, we have to focus in on every single one because one shot here or there can be the difference.”
Junior forward Collin Hartman: “I think the big guys down low are a big key. Keeping them off the boards and making them foul and not letting them block shots and create transition opportunities for them. We have to be smart with the ball and be aggressive on box outs.”
Junior forward Troy Williams: “Another will be Isaiah Briscoe. He’s crafty with the ball. He can get to the rim, get fouls, and like Collin said, their bigs, and Willis is also a really good one.”
The final Hoosiers player to give his opinion on the matter was freshman center Thomas Bryant. He’ll be keeping an eye on the entire Kentucky roster Saturday.
“Anyone and everyone on that Kentucky team is a threat on the court,” Bryant said. “So you’ve just got to be aware of anyone that comes on the floor and take it from there.”
Kentucky-Indiana tips off at 5:15 p.m. ET on CBS.