VAUGHT: Bradley speaks and plays with emotion

"We are the least talked about 24-4 team in the country," Ramel Bradley said Friday. "We are capable of winning the national championship. If we play like we did the first half (against Tennessee), no one can stay with us."

Ramel Bradley didn't have his best shooting game -- 2-for-7 in 15 minutes of play -- but he liked what the Cats did, especially the first half.

"We are the least talked about 24-4 team in the country," Bradley said Friday. "We are capable of winning the national championship. If we play like we did the first half (against Tennessee), no one can stay with us."

He also didn't back down from a pregame confrontation with several Tennessee players before the team took the court.

"Those guys from Tennessee were trash talking. They were saying, ‘Who is Kentucky?' I didn't like that," Bradley said. "They were saying a few words behind our back. I didn't want to get in trouble, but I didn't want to let it go, either."

Bradley, Ravi Moss and Chuck Hayes all fired words back at the Volunteers, who really felt UK's wrath when the Cats opened a 36-14 lead with five minutes left in the first half.

After the game, Bradley and Tennessee's Jemere Hendrix also exchanged words as they left the court before Rajon Rondo pulled Bradley away.

"Maybe it's my background, but I've always been emotional," Bradley said. "I didn't like what they said before the game and didn't want to hear it after the game. That's just me. I am not going to take nothing from nobody.

"I play the same way. When I come in, I want to get out there and make something happen. I think we play better when we have emotion."

Bradley loves being at Kentucky, too. He got homesick for New York City briefly, but he "likes walking down the street and having everyone know me." He says everyone gets along and that Crawford is now "my brother."

He's even accepted that the fast style he likes is not what is expected at Kentucky.

"That's not Tubby's style," Bradley said. "So when I get in, I do it his way. It's just part of adjusting to college basketball. But this season has been fun. We all get along and I still think we are going to do a lot better in the (NCAA) tournament than a lot of people think."


Be sure to check out our SEC Tournament "blog" with Matt Jones.


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