By LARRY VAUGHT
Hamidou Diallo isn’t worried about how difficult Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament draw may or may not be.
The Cats are in the South Region with No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 2 seed Cincinnati and could face No. 4 seed Arizona in the second round. However, Diallo is not as fearful about the draw as many Kentucky fans were on social media Sunday night.
“We’re just worried about us. We’re just trying to worry about the teams we gotta face and how we gotta play and what we gotta do to get these wins,” Diallo said. “I know the whole region and I know who’s in the bracket. I know it’s a really tough bracket and we just gotta be prepared for anything.”
Kentucky plays Davidson Thursday night at 7:10 ESST in Boise. A win would put UK against either Arizona or Buffalo on Saturday.
Diallo, who said he has never been to Idaho and never thought he would be going there, isn’t “scared” of having to play five games in eight days if UK advances to Saturday’s game.
“We just played three games in three days, so it doesn’t really scare us. We just gotta take care of our bodies. It’s the end of the season. This is why we train so hard and this is what you practice so hard for, being able to play in tough, back-to-back games,” Diallo said.
If UK does play Arizona, he knows about half of Arizona’s players already.
“I’m friends with some of them and stuff like that,” Diallo said.
He’s close friends with Rawle Alkins, who grew up in New York like Diallo did.
“That’s my boy. I played against him a couple times and it’s going to be fun to hopefully get to see them in the second round,” Diallo said.
He doesn’t stay in touch with any of those players during the season.
“I just let everybody have their space. I want my space as well. We talk during the summer time and stuff like that, see each other here and there,” Diallo said.