Calipari to team: 'don't drink that poison'

From ESPN - March 21, 2018

ATLANTA -- Kentucky coach John Calipari is warning his players "do not drink that poison" by reading and watching comments about the team's path to the Final Four.

"The poison being we have an easy road," Calipari said. "If they drink the poison, we will be done on Thursday."

Calipari is not buying the notion that No. 5 Kentucky, which is the highest seed in the South Region, has the easiest path of any team in the Sweet 16. No. 1 Virginia and No. 4 Arizona were both knocked out of the first round of the tournament.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Kentucky entered the Round of 64 with a 2 percent chance to make the Final Four. After No. 2 Cincinnati's loss to No. 7 Nevada on Sunday, it increased to 49 percent.

If anything, Calipari said the narrative of Kentucky being a sure thing to advance is being used to influence his team "probably because they are young and they know they do not know better."


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