Former University of Kentucky player Mark Coury was asked Tuesday whether it's special to be playing against his old school.
"Of course," he said. "It's extra special" because he'll get to see his former teammates.
"It will be a great battle," Coury said. "I think it's going to be a great game. I can't wait."
Coury, a walk-on from West Bloomfield, Mich., played for UK in 2006-07 and 2007-08 before transferring to Cornell.
Another Cornell player, senior Ryan Wittman, has an interesting tie to Kentucky.
He might play his last college game against UK just as his father did. Or, he might not.
Ryan's father, Randy Wittman, played for Indiana, which lost to UK in a 1983 Sweet 16 game — the same round in which Ryan will play Thursday. Kentucky won that 1983 game 64-59.
Ryan was asked whether that provided extra motivation for revenge against Kentucky.
"He really hasn't said too much about that," Ryan said of his father. "He kind of lets me enjoy my own experience.
"I don't know how much extra motivation you need in the Sweet 16, with the chance to go to the Elite Eight," he said.
"If you are not motivated already, you shouldn't be here."