Abilene Christian coach: 'We might have a chance' if PJ Washington plays in walking boot

Joe Golding (NCAA)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WKYT) - Abilene Christian head coach Joe Golding embraced his team's underdog status as the 15 seed has a tough test against 2 seed Kentucky.

15-seed Abilene Christian is more than a 20-point underdog against Kentucky, and Golding jokingly said there is a way his team can pull off the massive upset, as it was announced Tuesday that Kentucky's top scorer and rebounder PJ Washington was in a walking boot.

"If he shows up to play in the walking boot, and Coach Cal lets him play in the walking boot, we might have a chance," Golding said. "If he takes the walking boot off we have a problem."

If Washington is healthy, Golding said his team's goal is to force him away from the rim as much as possible.

Thursday's primetime matchup is a big opportunity for Abilene Christian, as the team makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Golding said the team's draw was beneficial for the program's exposure.

"We couldn't have gotten a better draw," Golding said. "We are playing the University of Kentucky...one of the most historic blue bloods -- maybe the most historic blue blood college basketball program in the country."

The 15 seed has only won five percent of its games over 2 seeds. The last to do it was Middle Tennessee State over Michigan State. Kentucky has never lost to a 15 seed as a 2 seed.

Abilene Christian made it to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southland Conference Tournament.

The game airs at 7:10 p.m. on WKYT.

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