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Ahead of Sunday’s Kentucky-Wichita State second-round matchup, Shocker big man Darral Willis Jr. added a little bulletin board material for Big Blue Nation while sharing his thoughts on the Wildcats with Lex 18 News.

“They come on ESPN, they play on ESPN every game, so I’ve just seen them play a few times — but they’re nothing special, nothing we can’t do,” Willis said. “We’re not scared to play any team on this planet Earth. We’re ready and we’ll be ready to play (Sunday).”

Wichita State is a very good basketball team, without question. The Shockers are 31-4 going into Sunday, and they are bordering on one of the best teams Gregg Marshall has ever coached. But adding a little extra motivation for a Kentucky team that is littered with talent might not be advisable — there’s a reason they spent time as the No. 1 team in the country this season. Even if Kentucky downplayed the comments, it adds fuel to the fire of a quickly growing rivalry.

“We’re going to play basketball,” Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox told ESPN. “I’m not worried about what anybody says right now.”

Kentucky and Wichita State tip off at approximately 2:40 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.


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