It is important for teams to stay loose during a March Madness run, and Kentucky’s players have returned to a familiar activity to get the job done.
Led by forward Alex Poythress, the team has made a habit of playing Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. The Wildcats began playing the game, which was originally released for the Nintendo 64 console in 1999, during last season’s 38-0 start that ended in a loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Semifinal.
“We’ve been playing it a little bit,” Poythress told the Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker. “You’ve got to be relaxed. In the hotel, you can’t sleep all day or you get drowsy. You can’t just stay in your room and be antisocial. You’ve got to be with your family, your brothers, your teammates.”
Last season, the team published a video of some players competing at the classic game.
Kentucky opens the NCAA tournament Thursday against Stony Brook. The game is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on CBS.