The Kentucky Wildcats’ path to the Sweet 16 has received a bit of criticism.
To reach this point, the John Calipari’s squad has went through 12-seeded Davidson and 13-seeded Buffalo, which upset Arizona in the opening round. Furthermore, courtesy of University of Maryland, Baltimore County becoming the first-ever 16-seed to beat a 1-seed with a 74-54 victory over Virginia, 9-seeded Kansas State advanced to the Sweet 16, making for a matchup of Wildcats.
Bearing in mind that Kentucky could potentially make the Elite 8 by notching wins over a 12-seed, 13-seed, and a 9-seed, the criticism of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament path wouldn’t end anytime soon with a win on Thursday against Kansas State. For reasons just like that, Kentucky wants Wildcats power forward Dean Wade, who has missed the past three games with a foot injury, to be healthy and ready to go so “[Kansas State] don’t have an excuse, per a report from KMAN Sports Director, John Kurtz.
Kentucky’s Kevin Knox on Dean Wade: “I hope he (Wade) plays so they don’t have an excuse.”
— John Kurtz (@jlkurtz) March 21, 2018
It’s quite likely that Knox gets exactly what he asked for.
Wade said after a Wednesday practice that he “feels great,” per a report from SEC Country’s Joe Mussatto.
“I don’t play percentages very well, but I’m feeling good,” Wade added. “I’m very positive about it. It’s getting better every day and today I felt great out there, doing a little more than usual. It felt good.”
Knox and Wade each serve as the leading scorer for their teams, averaging 15.6 points per game and 16.5 points per game, respectively.
Without Wade, Kansas State is obviously a different team, especially offensively, but nevertheless, the Wildcats have notched a pair of NCAA Tournament wins by a combined 17 points in Wade’s absence.
With Kentucky awaiting, a healthy Wade would be best, and that’s exactly what Knox and the Wildcats want.
Kentucky and Kansas State will square off at 9:47 p.m. ET on Thursday.
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