We’ve already recapped the night WVU freshman Daxter Miles Jr. had after telling the world that Kentucky would be “36-1” after playing the Mountaineers — he went scoreless and had one rebound. That’s not how you back up big talk, especially since Kentucky went on to destroy West Virginia en route to the Elite Eight.
Even more poetically, Miles Jr.’s words apparently fired up the kids from Kentucky, despite what Bob Huggins thinks. Here’s a rundown of the various responses from individual players after the game:
[ESPN] Our whole plan was to crush their spirit. [To] beat them by 50 for disrespecting us.”
[Kentucky Sports Radio] “Everybody was juiced up,” Dakari said. “We wanted to come out and make a statement and after all the talking they were doing, we didn’t really do that much talking. We just let our play do the talking. I think that made a statement.”
[USA Today] “That’s what happens when people try and trash talk to us,” Aaron Harrison said. “We wanted to prove a point to them. We wanted to make a statement.”
[USA Today] “(The comments) kind of got us ready,” Cauley-Stein said. “We came out firing on all cylinders, and that just makes it look worse.”
[Kentucky Sports Radio] “Teams talk. Like coach said, you’ve gotta step in the ring sometime. You gotta throw the ball up,” Willie said. “Teams are better off saying nothing to try to catch us off guard instead of talking cash (yes he said cash). Now we ready. We was ready to play last night. Come into the game, we was ready to go.”
This response from Devin Booker might be my favorite:
Moral: Don’t you ever talk about [Kentucky].