Kentucky coach John Calipari and his players met with the media to preview Saturday’s NCAA Tournament game against Buffalo. The UK coach was surprised that the was called a “whiner” by Buffalo coach Nate Oats.
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Region No. 4 seed Arizona lost on Thursday. No. 1 seed Virginia lost in historic fashion Friday. At No. 5, Kentucky is the highest seeded team left in its half of the bracket.
When Kentucky faces Buffalo in the round of 32 on Saturday, it’s possible the Cats are running into a March Madness buzzsaw. But it’s also possible that the Bulls’ strengths could play into UK’s wheelhouse.
Buffalo became the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Cinderella by beating Arizona on Thursday. Kentucky plays the Bulls on Saturday in Boise. Buffalo is cocky and confident. How will UK’s young players react to being the favorite?
Using pressure on the primary ball handler is a mantra for Buffalo. That puts the onus on Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He said handling the Bulls’ intensity should not be “too much of a problem.”
How NCAA Tournament South Region No. 5 seed Kentucky (25-10) and No. 13 seed Buffalo (27-8) match up at each position for their round-of-32 contest Saturday at the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University — with a game prediction.
Buffalo guard Wes Clark relished the chance to play Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament second round on Saturday. He gets that chance because Buffalo beat Arizona. Clark, who played three seasons for Missouri, would like to beat UK at least one time.
The streak is over. Kentucky missed all six of its three-point shots against Davidson. UK can no longer claim the longest active streak of games making a three-point shot. The streak ended at 1,047 games. This went unlamented by UK players.
UK rolled in the first half, then withstood a second-half rally by Davidson to advance to Saturday’s second round of the NCAA Tournament. UK’s streak of making at least one three-point shot ended at 1,047 games. UK missed all six of its shots from three-point distance.