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Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall downplays revenge factor against UK
April 30 2017, 06:41 | Alonzo Simpson
De'Aaron Fox scored 19 points to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 79-70 victory Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Another matchup between Conference Champions, the Kentucky Wildcats and Northern Kentucky Norse, will be set up in Indianapolis as a part of NCAA Tournament South region First round.
"You're not going to be on every game, so you just don't take 12 3s", Calipari said. "It was emphasized the whole time". "That's just us wanting it more than anybody else, all-out effort".
As soon as the buzzer sounded late Friday night and the matchup between Wichita State and United Kingdom was set, the theme became a rematch of the thriller from the second round game in 2014. Marshall's salary of $3.3 million is commensurate with numerous top coaches at Power 5 schools, and it will be hard for a more renowned program to pry him out of Kansas.
But Kentucky (30-5) is a different beast.
Star player Malik Monk finally received some much-needed help during a slump offensively from De'Aaron Fox, meaning that Kentucky has not been more risky at any point in the season. The Shockers are led by Markis McDuffie who averages 11.7 points per game.
Wichita State will counter with Shaquille Morris, a 6-8, 265-pound redshirt junior. "I had a terrific journey with the rest of my fellow seniors, and it was really good", Smith said.
"We were the best shooting team in the Horizon League the entire season", coach John Brannen said. The Wildcats feel like a team that is ripe for an upset. This is not a vintage Kentucky team, but it is a No. 2 seed, and at 30-5, an extended stay in bracket-land would surprise no one.
Marshall and his Shockers get another chance to bolster their case when they face No. 2 Kentucky on Sunday in Indianapolis.
"We're a two-seed playing a four in the second round", Calipari said late Friday night.
"I'd like to have seen what happened if we had made a few more". "Limiting our turnovers will be a big key for us".
When Hawkins hit a baseline jumper, Kentucky had moved the lead from two points to double-figures in less than two minutes of play. The same goes for half-court sets, although it's clear what the Wildcats prefer.
"I don't know if it's a coincidence or not", Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall said.
Just give us the UCLA/Kentucky rematch right now. We don't have any 5-star guys like they do.
The Wildcats won, 78-76, in one of the most memorable early round games in recent NCAA history, one that most agreed should have come in a later round.
That UCLA win in Rupp seems like a lifetime ago, but here is when we get reminded of it and see the highlights from that game over and over and over again.
"After that, within four seconds, we've got to get everybody back to defend the goal".