A brief note from University of Kentucky basketball land and an interesting trick from coach John Calipari’s tactical bag: At practice, the Wildcat coach “instructed the team to call Kentucky’s lone senior Josh Harrellson ‘Enes Kanter’ for last night and all day” in the leadup to the Kentucy-Ohio State NCAA tournament game on Friday night.
“Just to get me going a little bit and I think it worked,” Harrellson explained in the post-game, “I came out and played like Enes would play. I think it was a good thing.”
And don’t forget Kentucky bounced the Buckeyes with a 62-60 victory.
This particular psyche-up was a reference to Kanter’s performance at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit in which the Turkish player ripped torched OSU center Jared Sullinger for 34 points, eight offensive rebounds and 13 total boards.