Jodie Meeks confident about Kentucky’s chances in the Final Four

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks celebrates after teammate Kent Bazemore made a three pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Lakers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks celebrates after teammate Kent Bazemore made a three pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Lakers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Jodie Meeks received a pleasant surprise, and it did not just involve becoming the Lakers’ most consistent player.

His alma mater, the Kentucky Wildcats, will play in the NCAA’s men’s basketball Final Four beginning with a semifinal matchup Saturday against Wisconsin.

“Last year it was a frustrating year for them not making the tournament,” Meeks said. “This year, to get back in the Final Four is great. Hopefully they can pull it off.”

Kentucky, a No. 8 seed, unexpectedly provided signature upsets against Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan. Can the Wildcats continue their good fortunes?

“I think so. When you get to the Final Four, anybody has a chance,” Meeks said. It’s anybody’s tournament. You have four good teams in the tournament. Sometimes there’s a little bit of a luck.”

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