"If I were on their team I'd feel very confident, too", Calipari said Friday. "Hard-nosed, tough, swagger, chip on their shoulder ... that's what I see in them".
Obviously, Buffalo coach Nate Oats, who signed a contract extension during the MAC Tournament, was not surprised by the 21-point (89-68) victory. Can the Cats get out of Boise with a win and advance to Cat-Lanta for the Sweet Sixteen? "I think it gives us a national name and helps with recruiting, and you get better players". If the Devils continue to create extra possessions through turnovers Saturday, then they could simply score a lot more than Nebraska because they'll shoot a lot more. "I just wanted to say President Obama - I'm sorry but I had to". In fact, in the dozen years KenPom.com has tracked experience for every Division I team in college basketball, this Kentucky team is the least experienced of them all. This team has a real chance to rip BBN's heart out this weekend and I'm here for it.
"I'm not whining about it", Calipari said after learning of Oats" "whining" comment.
"Dan Bazzani coached the team", Calipari said. "But we watched enough film and got our confidence up overnight".
Notable: Kentucky's freshmen are averaging 86.9 percent of the team's points.Buffalo has led by double digits in 22 straight games, but is 1-3 in games this season decided by three points or fewer.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils struggled against zone defenses during conference play and were facing one of the most fabled in the country. "They're not afraid to mix it up and be physical". They finished 15-19, the only with a losing record to make the tournament. We're walking in with all freshmen. "It will be a hard one for us". The Wildcats are giving up 71.2 points per game against the opponents. "You look at the roster: Wes Clark, senior".
The Eagles (19-15) come into this game on a five-game winning streak and beat Hampton 71-63 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Saturday.
"The ball's gonna have to be moved", Clark said. "They won their league".
The Conference of Champions was anything but in this year's NCAA Tournament. I've lived it. I had that kind of team. He'll likely try to do the same thing against Kentucky, which was worse than Arizona at making 3s, ranking 344th of 351 Division I schools. It's fun to coach those guys. That discussion was looming around DeAndre Ayton, who is expected to go No. 1 in June's NBA Draft. Both teams got at-large bids, so naturally there are some fans grumbling about their tournament worthiness. "And we've been able to defend the rim".