Polson: Wichita State is ‘real deal’

Kentucky players said they haven’t watched a lot of Wichita State this season. But they’ve seen enough to know they face a worthy opponent in Sunday’s NCAA Tournament third round.

“I watched them make that tournament run last year (to the Final Four),” UK guard Jarrod Polson said. “. . . We know they’re the real deal.

“It’s definitely going to be a real challenge for us.”

Teammate Alex Poythress noted Wichita State had “quick guards, shooters, nice forwards.”

Polson acknowledged the impossible-to-resist storyline: Kentucky, a team that aspired to a 40-0 record, facing a Wichita State team that’s one track at 35-0 for just such a season.

“Yeah, it is a little ironic,” Polson said. “I don’t think anyone expected  how both of our seasons went. But at the end of the day, it’s zero and zero, now.”