ATLANTA — It’s game day, BBN, and we’re here to get your mind right for Kentucky vs. Kansas State in the Sweet 16.
Live from Catlanta, a.k.a. Cat City (shouts out to Quade Green), we covered a lot of ground in the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country. Host Curtis Burch was joined by UK beat writer Kyle Tucker, assistant coach Joel Justus and a KSU expert, Tim Fitzgerald. The rundown:
- Do we think Jarred Vanderbilt plays Thursday? At all this week in Atlanta? At some point during the NCAA Tournament? What did we see and hear Wednesday about Vando’s injured left ankle?
- Don’t drink the poison. John Calipari harped on that point quite a bit, trying to convince his team that believing they have an easy path to the Final Four will do nothing but lead to an early exit.
- Justus walked Curtis through a typical week of preparation for the staff and players heading into a Thursday/Saturday setup where they know one opponent but also have to get a jump on basic preparations — just in case — for two other possible opponents in the next round.
- Why Justus says Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has ascended to stardom over the last few weeks.
- Fitzgerald, a multimedia personality for the Kansas State 247Sports site, breaks down the purple-clad Wildcats: what they do well, what they don’t, and how they could maybe pull the upset on Kentucky.
Related Kentucky NCAA Tournament coverage:
- Calipari Q&A: If they drink that poison, we’ll be done Thursday
- Jarred Vanderbilt updates status ahead of Sweet 16 matchup
- Jarred Vanderbilt might ‘give it a go’ in Atlanta
- Easiest path to Final Four? Kansas State has something to say about that
- Kentucky assistant Tony Barbee talks tweet that angered Auburn fans
- Kansas State star Dean Wade hopes to play against Kentucky
- Could Kentucky have easiest path to Final Four in history?