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West Virginia freshman says Kentucky will be 36-1 after playing Mountaineers

West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (left) looked to make a pass as Texas forward Jonathan Holmes defended during a game last month.
West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (left) looked to make a pass as Texas forward Jonathan Holmes defended during a game last month. The Associated Press

One way or another, people are going to know the name Daxter Miles Jr. on Thursday.

Miles is a freshman on West Virginia’s basketball team, and the Mountaineers have the tall task of facing unbeaten Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.

Miles is not concerned.

“I give them their props, salute them on going to 36-0,” Miles told reporters in Cleveland. “But (Thursday) they are going to be 36-1.”

Sure, West Virginia has nine losses (including one to LSU), but it has confidence.

“We’ve never had to talk about it, because we’re already a team who isn’t going to back down from anyone,” West Virginia forward Jonathan Holton told DPost.com.

If the Mountaineers think their press will concern Kentucky, Willie Cauley-Stein says think again.

Cauley-Stein, the Olathe Northwest graduate, said the Wildcats would be like a cornered animal.

A raccoon to be precise. Um, what?

“Have you seen a raccoon?” Cauley-Stein told a reporter, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Raccoons are feisty. They’re not going to just roll over.

“If you bring the dogs on us, we’re going to fight.”

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