Kentucky enters tournament with chip on their shoulder

Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by Walter Cornett
Willie Cauley-Stein – photo by Walter Cornett

hasn’t lost since April 7, 2014, but that date is still very much on the minds of several Wildcat players to this day.

More than 11 months after falling to by six points in the national championship game, the guy who made three historic shots to get the Cats to that point still thinks about it and admits it drives not only him, but his teammates as well.

“I think we have an edge because that is a chip on our shoulder that no one else feels in the tournament,” sophomore guard said. “Just to be so close to winning a national championship and coming up short, I think that will drive us a little bit in the tournament as well.”

While the Cats (34-0) are the youngest team in the tournament field, they enter Thursday night’s game vs. No. 16 seed Hampton (17-17) with vast tournament experience. Not only have they played in a national championship game before, they have won four tournament games decided in the final minute, and they have players who have hit game-winning baskets and made big-time plays.

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