Wichita State’s players are angry about being underseeded and they are tired of hearing about Kentucky.
Check out some of their comments about the Wildcats from yesterday:
“I’m very tired of hearing about Kentucky this and Kentucky that,” said Markis McDuffie, a forward for Wichita State. “That’s why I can’t wait for this game.”
Tired? Why tired? Everybody talks about Kentucky. Happens every year.
“If you hear the same thing a bunch of times, you’re going to get annoyed, right?” McDuffie said. “We get a chance to play them, now you guys will see how the outcome will be.”
Landry Shamet, one of Wichita’s starting guards, is not as outspoken as McDuffie. But he is nearly as confident.
“When you’re playing a team like that, that might be looked at as the top dog, you want to punch first,” Shamet said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do.”
Even Marshall, the Wichita coach, talked like a guy ready for a street fight. Kentucky has three players projected as first-round picks in the 2017 NBA Draft. Wichita State does not have any.
But Marshall said that what he does have is three inside players that the coach plans to run at Bam Adebayo, Kentucky’s freshman center.
“We have a three-headed monster at the five,” Marshall said. “So we’re going to keep those guys fresh. Bam, I’m sure he’s in great shape, but he’s going to need to be in great shape tomorrow.”
The Shockers are also upset that they earned a 10-seed despite being considered a top 15 team by most analysts.
With 31 wins, it’s hard to understand why they are a 10-seed.
Check out their thoughts on the seeding process:
Yes, the Shockers are good and ticked off. They are also 31-4 and getting ready to play Kentucky Sunday in the second round. They are also the 10th seed in the South Regional – 31 wins and all – and don’t even get them started about that.
“We were 19th in the country, and we get a 10th seed?” Rashard Kelly is asking.
“To me, it don’t make sense,” Morris is saying.
“We have no choice but to have this chip on our shoulder,” McDuffie is mentioning.
“I’m kind of used to the short end of the stick, if you will, on the seedings,” were coach Gregg Marshall’s words earlier this week.
What do people miss on the Shockers? “I think we all kind of wonder that,” Frankamp said. “I really don’t have an answer to that.”
The Shockers will be fired up for their shot at No. 2 Kentucky this afternoon.