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I have to start by talking about Kansas State University, a team that is dear to my heart. I think they are a good, young team that's playing very well and having a good season. And freshman Marcus Foster is playing fantastic basketball.
You can tell this is a very well coached team, with a coaching staff that is getting the best out of their players. You can tell they are well coached by how disciplined they are and how well they play together as a team. They are not an overpowering, scoring team, but they play hard and do it the right way.
Kansas State definitely has their hands full with Kentucky, but they will come out fighting! They are known for their defense and playing team ball, and even though they are going up against a good, talented team, I think Kansas State is gonna get 'em!
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It's all about that first game. They have a tall task going against a young Kentucky team, but you gotta get that first win to start making noise. Then you have to focus on one game at a time and don't get too far ahead. I would tell the players to relax, stay consistent, pay attention to the details. It's the little things that can beat you. Focus on rebounding and turnovers. Take one game at a time and enjoy the moment!
I'm excited to see how this Tournament unfolds. It's always exciting to see a young team emerge...a team that is an underdog or a team that's never talked about do something big. Usually it's the teams that play well together and the teams that peak at the right time that can get far. And the players that step up get put on the radar for years to come.
There's no question I'll be watching my team play this Friday. I can't pinpoint where I'll be watching the game, but I'll be watching!