ST. LOUIS The kids from Kentucky 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 recruiting classes in history, the Wildcats begin their NCAA tournament as the No. 8 seed against No. 9 seed Kansas State 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, Kentucky coach John Calipari scoffed. There are always expectations for the blue-bloods from the Bluegrass State.
Kansas State has something to prove, too. Nobody expected anything of the Wildcats from the Little Apple this season, and it seems nobody thinks they have a chance against Kentucky, either.