Kentucky meets Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament Second Round – all you need to know

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The kids from began the season No. 1. They sure think they can end it that way.

After a wild roller-coaster ride for one of the most heralded classes in history, the Wildcats begin their tournament as the No. 8 seed against No. 9 seed on Friday night in St. Louis. The winner will face top-ranked Wichita State or No. 16 seed Cal Poly.

Asked if the preseason ranking was unfair for a team starting five freshmen, coach scoffed. There are always expectations for the blue-bloods from the Bluegrass State.

”You’re at Kentucky. That’s part of it,” Calipari said. ”Some of it was, you know, you build it up so high it gives you a chance to start whacking at it. But that’s part of it.

”And again, they have handled it great,” he said, ”and I’m proud of them.”

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