SAN ANTONIO — Kansas certainly has a lot of fight in it. And if you think those stage-fright-suffering Richmond Spiders got the worst of it in a pregame tunnel tussle with the Jayhawks, wait till you hear what Markieff Morris saved for Rick Pitino.
It seems that word of Pitino declaring in his NCAA Tournament TV analysis that the Morris twins "don't have the killer instinct" for Kansas to win the national title made its ways to the twins' ears. The same twins who happen to come from one of the toughest and most crime-ridden sections of Philadelphia. But the twins didn't wonder if the white-suit-wearing, multi-millionaire Pitino could survive in their neighborhood.
They only had to turn to basketball.
"That's just Coach Pitino's opinion," Markieff Morris said. "One man's opinion. Not to be disrespectful, but we're still playing. Unlike Coach Pitino."
Pitino's fourth-seeded Louisville team — more than a few expert's darkhorse Final Four pick — was infamously upset by Morehead State in the tournament's first full day. Pitino's comments seem more than a little curious considering that if there's one thing Bill Self's No. 1 seed has shown this March, it's fight.
Markieff's twin brother Marcus Morris taunted Texas before the Big 12 Championship Game and Richmond before Friday night's Sweet 16 game and the Jayhawks rolled over both teams with ease. If anything Self is trying to battle the perception that Kansas is the bully of the NCAA Tournament, not content to just beat teams, but focused on humiliating them in the days leading up to the games as well
"We're not focused on what everyone is saying about us," Markieff said. "We're still playing."
Neither of the Morris Twins called the Big East "the Big Least" a la Charles Barkley. They took it easy on Pitino. Does that qualify as lack of killer instinct?