BOISE, Idaho — The whole crew is together. Host Curtis Burch and UK beat writers Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto recap Kentucky’s two NCAA Tournament wins in Boise on the latest episode of Wildcat Country — SEC Country’s daily Kentucky podcast.
There was plenty to talk about. Kentucky blew past Buffalo 95-75 in the second round of the tournament Saturday to book a spot in the Sweet 16 in Atlanta. The Wildcats will face the Wildcats of Kansas State at 9:47 p.m. ET Thursday in Atlanta.
Among the topics discussed on Monday’s episode of Wildcat Country:
- The bracket of death has turned into the Yellow Brick Road. Of course it won’t be as easy as it sounds, but the Cats have a clear path to the Final Four in San Antonio. The top-4 seeds in the South Region have been eliminated. One of Kentucky, Kansas State, Nevada and Loyola-Chicago will reach the Final Four. John Calipari’s squad is surely feeling pretty good, and Calipari’s words from a week ago sound silly now.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the silencer in Boise. He quieted a pro-Buffalo crowd on his way to a stunning tournament performance. Where does he stack up with elite college point guards Collin Sexton and Trae Young?
- Speaking of stunning performances, Hamidou Diallo’s career game against Buffalo came from nowhere. All that athleticism finally led to something on Saturday. Diallo is proving he can be a difference maker on both ends of the floor, and Kentucky is significantly better if he can keep it up.
- What’s the deal with Nick Richards? Kyle discusses Kentucky’s giant problem on the podcast, and he wrote about Richards on Monday.
- Catlanta or Cat City? Don’t ask Kentucky freshman point guard Quade Green.