Jen Smith on Basketball

UK recruit has created a house divided

As soon as the NCAA Tournament brackets were announced, the trash talk commenced.

Madison Treece, a class of 2017 player who has committed to Kentucky, already was in her older sister’s ear.

“She’s been saying stuff and obviously it’s been all in good fun, but I’ve been like, ‘You can’t say anything yet because you’re not even a senior yet,’” said McKenna Treece, a 6-foot-4 sophomore reserve on Oklahoma’s team.

McKenna Treece’s argument is that Madison shouldn’t be able to talk about how Kentucky’s going to get the best of Oklahoma until she’s put on an actual UK uniform.

There’s been much back and forth between the siblings from St. Peters, Mo., leading up to Monday night’s game even though it’s not looking likely that McKenna will be able to play. The sophomore is still working through the concussion protocol.

Before the injury, McKenna was averaging about 2.5 points and two rebounds in 10 minutes a game for the Sooners, but she’d played in double-digit minutes in each of the last five games before the injury. The Treece family won’t be making the trip to Lexington for the game because of work and school conflicts.

McKenna tried to get Madison, also a 6-foot-4 center, to follow her to Oklahoma, and the Sooners were in the younger Treece’s final list of schools, which included Michigan, Nebraska, Dayton and Iowa. But Madison “wanted to do her own thing,” McKenna said.

They have a close connection to UK assistant coach Camryn Whitaker, McKenna said, so it was fun to see her again this week.

“When I saw her, she came up and gave me a big hug and I was like, ‘This is really nice, but ...’” She smiled. “It was nice to see her, and everyone here is super friendly.”