Ahead of Kentucky's second-round matchup against the quietly impressive Wofford Terriers, the Wildcats are more vulnerable than ever this season, and fans should be anxious about this game. "I feel like I was aware of it, but I just kind of blocked it out and tried to focus on winning".
"I just needed to hit a couple of shots", he said. "If I go 3 for 12, we win the game". I did everything I've always done. "When he's open, I'm happy when he shoots it".
Magee did hold Kentucky's best shooter, Tyler Herro, to 2-for-11 shooting, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range. "Couldn't lose him. I had to stay connected to him at all times". He got them going and that was my biggest fear going into the game.
"What they're going to do at some point is cut the cast off ... they just thought it would heal faster". Everyone else on our team was stepping up and doing a lot of things, so I knew there was no need to rush it or take bad shots. "They were no harder". There were 40 college coaches better than me. Kentucky's blueprint appeared to be to completely take Wofford star Fletcher Magee, who scored 24 points in the first round, out of the game. He ends his Wofford career with 509 3-pointers. Magee's crucial 3-pointer with 3:12 left put the game out of reach. It was the fourth time in his four-year career he failed to make a 3.
The Terriers may have won 30 games and dominated an unusually strong Southern Conference this season, but they hadn't faced many teams with Kentucky's combination of length, quickness and athleticism.
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"I called this, I knew we'd be playing this team, and my team knew, because I told them before, we would be playing Wofford because you and I know how hard this game will be, especially with PJ out, how hard a game it'll be for us", Calipari said. "It's been a rare occurrence but I hate that it happened".
Calipari clarified he was joking about all this, but he clearly seems as loose as ever as the Wildcats get ready to play the Terriers and a loose Calipari means a confident Calipari, which typically bodes well for Kentucky's March Madness hopes. "Sometimes that's how the game goes". "If I would've played a little bit below average we still would've beat Kentucky. He lives with it, he's a really good player, and we've just got to be ready for all that".
"Really, really neat. Really neat", Wofford coach Mike Young said. "I'm still in shock".