Home Court: Kentucky is growing up

INDIANAPOLIS -- James Young wants to reach the Final Four, and he believes he'll win the title. He's consumed by the idea.

After Kentucky's surprising, come-from-behind 74-69 win over rival Louisville, the freshman talked about seeds, pairings and favorites. He had Bracketology on the brain.

Before that Friday night (Saturday morning) victory at Lucas Oil Stadium, a win that sent Kentucky to a Sunday night matchup against Michigan in the Elite Eight, Young and his teammates gathered at their team hotel to assemble an elaborate "NBA 2K" video game tourney. There was trash talk and conversation.

"I got the first seed," said Young, proud and smiling. "I'm out here winning. I'm trying to get to the Final Four. I'm working right now."

Julius Randle disputed Young's proclaimed dominance, though.

"James Young is a liar," said Randle, who finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Louisville. "But it is important. Just team-bonding. Just having fun with it."

In the hours before a high-stakes showdown with Louisville, these young Wildcats played video games.

They didn't talk about external expectations. They didn't discuss Louisville's matchup zone or dissect defensive assignments. They didn't watch extra film to prep for the defending national champs.

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