The Kentucky Wildcats’ draw in the Round of 32 is not an easy one.
The Cats will take on a Wofford Terriers team who comes into Saturday 30-4 overall and has the all-time leader in three-pointers made on their roster in Fletcher Magee.
However, one clear advantage Kentucky has is height, even with PJ Washington likely out.
Kentucky’s frontcourt consists of 6-8 Reid Travis, 6-10 EJ Montgomery, and 6-11 Nick Richards while Wofford does not start anyone above 6-9.
Thus, naturally, at today’s media session, Richards was asked about the height advantage his team had over the Terriers, and his answer was bold and unexpected, to say the least:
“We’re just better than them all around, I think,” Richards told A Sea of Blue.
John Calipari wasn’t pleased with Richards’ answer saying, “I want Nick to be confident, but not like that!”
To follow up, Wofford big man Cameron Jackson how he could prove Richards and Kentucky wrong. :
“It’s not about proving them. It’s about doing what we’re comfortable doing and making the impact on the game that we can,” Jackson told A Sea of Blue.
Hopefully for Kentucky, Richards is correct, but the statement seems not to have been the best choice of words.
Oops. So this is why Immanuel Quickley came back in the locker room after the podium and said, “Nick needs to go through media training again.” https://t.co/K5FWN6WcoZ— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 22, 2019
Then again, seeing Richards actually have the confidence to say something like that could be considered encouraging, considering his lack of confidence has been one of his biggest downfalls at times.
One thing is for sure: He’ll need to back up this talk for Kentucky to beat Wofford and advance to the Sweet 16.