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BOZICH | Towns, Prince arrive to support Kentucky against Indiana

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Tayshaun Prince (left) and Karl-Anthony Towns are in Iowa with Kentucky Saturday. Tayshaun Prince (left) and Karl-Anthony Towns are in Iowa with Kentucky Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (WDRB) – Advantage, Kentucky.

At least in the celebrity fan competition for the NCAA Tournament East Regional game that Kentucky and Indiana will play at Wells Fargo Arena Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

When the Wildcats arrived 90 minutes before tip, two former UK stars exited the team bus with Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis and the remainder of John Calipari’s team – Karl-Anthony Towns and Tayshaun Prince.

Both guys made the 244-mile trip from Minneapolis, where they play for the Timberwolves. Towns could have been a sophomore on this Kentucky team, but entered the NBA Draft after last season and is currently on track to be the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Earlier in the week, former Indiana star Christian Watford said on Twitter than he planned to be in Des Moines, but Watford told me today that he would not make the 15-hour drive. He will watch the game in Birmingham with his fiancé Morganne Phillips, a former UK track star.

“We’re playing well,” Watford said. “We’ve got Rob (Johnson) back so we’re playing on all cylinders. OG (Anunoby) is giving them something every game. He does what he’s supposed to do.

“It’s going to be a good matchup because of the way Kentucky plays defense. I’m not sure if Kentucky has played anybody like Indiana in the way we stretch the floor and spread people out. So I don’t know how they will try to defend.

“Coach (Tom) Crean is going to have those guys prepared and I know Coach (John) Cal will do the same. It’s definitely going to be a good game.”

Watford started this season in Israel but came home after suffering an injury to his Achilles’ tendon.

Watford was a starter on the last Indiana team to play against Kentucky – making the game-winning three-pointer in the Hoosiers’ 73-72 win in Assembly Hall. Kentucky ended Indiana’s season with a 102-90 victory in the South Regional semifinals.

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