By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky didn’t win the SEC Tournament but it did gain one thing — senior center Reid Travis knows he’s healthy after missing the previous five games with a sprained knee.
“All signs are positive. I feel like I did what I needed to treatment wise leading up to playing those two games and put myself in a good position. I feel really good and really strong,” Travis said.
“I’m looking forward to this coming week. It was nice to get those two games, get my rhythm back, get my body feeling good, I’m definitely in a great spot for this week.”
Travis said “hearts were pounding” when UK players watched the NCAA Tournament draw.
“Excited to see the scouting report and get ready to prepare for the game,” Travis said. “I think that’s one thing Coach (John Calipari) told us right after the brackets came out, that we’re only focused on the first game and go from there kind of just have tunnel vision.
“Kind of just go in a hole and just really worry about the next game up so for us looking at potential matchups and things like that, we’re not really looking too far ahead. But obviously we’re excited for this matchup Thursday, excited to get out there and kind of just go from there.”
Travis transferred from Stanford to Kentucky for his final season in hopes of winning a national championship. Kentucky is a No. 2 seed in the NCAA and Las Vegas oddsmakers have UK at 12-1 to win the title. The Final Four will be played in Minneapolis, Travis’ hometown.
“This is a big reason why I came here was to play in the tournament for a national championship. So this is just the start of that journey and I’m excited for Thursday and just excited to get this next month with my teammates and really just see what we can do,” Travis said.