By LARRY VAUGHT
Malik Monk put his name on the national scene with his 47-point performance in December during UK’s overtime win over North Carolina.
Sunday in Memphis the two teams meet again for a berth in the Final Four.
Monk knows what to expect Sunday.
“I think they’re going to play me even tighter, so that means (De’Aaron) Fox is going to have his way or anybody else is going to have his way. We’re just going to see what they’re going to do at the beginning of the game, and we’re going to go off that,” Monk said after Friday’s win over UCLA.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said there are advantages for him and North Carolina coach Roy Williams to having already played each other this season.
“It’s a quick turn, you know, so the more information I have, the better. Because we’re going to practice tomorrow at 3:00. That’ll be the practice. And then we play the next day at 4:00 (CST),” Calipari said.
“You know, it helps both teams that we play because we’ll know each other pretty well. And let me say this: North Carolina is so good, and they’ve been so good all year. Guard play, size, rebounding, fly, being able to score, Jackson will get 40. He had 40 on us last game we played.
“Roy has done a great job with his team, and I’m looking forward to the game just because I like my team, and we’ve got a good group of kids, and I’m like jacked up. I’ll sleep tonight because I’m getting old and I’m tired, but I’m excited that we’re still doing this with this group of kids.”