Just because the Ole Miss Rebels aren’t in the NCAA Tournament doesn’t mean that coach Andy Kennedy hasn’t been keeping up with how things are going in the “Big Dance.” Kennedy, a self admitted college basketball junkie, said he’s watched a good bit of the tournament and he called Kansas State’s win over Xavier Thursday night in the “Sweet 16″ an “instant classic.”
Kansas State is coached by Frank Martin, a friend of Kennedy’s and former colleague at Cincinnati and a coach Kennedy seems to admire very much. Kennedy also talked about West Virginia’s win and their upcoming matchup with Kentucky on Saturday with the winner advancing to the Final Four. Kennedy was an assistant at Cincinnati under coach Bob Huggins, who is now leading the Mountaineers.
“Two of my guys are still alive, so I’m excited about (NCAA Tournament),” Kennedy said. “I’m a fan and I watch basketball when I can. Frank is one game away from a Final Four and that couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. Hugs is my dude. (WVU-Kentucky) is going to be a battle. I think it’s going to be a great game, a great game. Kentucky is playing at an awfully high level. And Hugs is at the Elite 8 and they haven’t really played at the level they can play.
“Unfortunately for (Huggins) he had the thing with the guard’s foot happen, which makes them a guard short. That’s tough to deal with this time of year. But it will be a great game, as they all are this time of year.” (March 26, 2010)