Julius Randle leads Kentucky in scoring and rebounding. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/ via Getty Images)
Kentucky began the year as the preseason No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls, setting high expectations with a freshman class that features six McDonald's All-Americans.
Coach John Calipari even suggested that his team was the most scrutinized team in the history of sports. As the NCAA tournament approaches, Kentucky is perhaps playing its best basketball, winning six of their last seven games, including a 77-76 thriller against LSU on Saturday.
Forward Julius Randle, who is projected to be a high first-round pick should he declare for the NBA Draft, was asked about the scrutiny playing at Kentucky.
“It is what is (on the scrutiny). I don’t care about that. It may or may not be true, but I’m playing basketball. I didn’t come here to be liked. I came here to win a championship,” Randle said, via Vaught's Views.
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Randle is averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds this season for the Wildcats (21-6).