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March 29th, 2015

Not done yet.

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I’ll be honest: at one point tonight, I thought it was over. There was no “we got this.” Kentucky’s magical run began to crumble around me and the floor started to fall out. Then Aaron hit that three. Because of course Aaron hit that three. He always hits that three, and even though Jerian Grant responded with one of his own, there was hope in the air. When Aaron hits that three, destiny takes over and we’re all just along for the ride.

“He pulled it from deep. That’s what he does,” Tyler Ulis said of Aaron’s three. “The kid – he just makes big shots.”

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Aaron was clutch, as always, but Karl Towns kept Kentucky in the game. The freshman was fantastic, scoring a career-high 25 points, calmly guiding the Cats in the post when the rest of the team looked lost. “All our plays were to him,” Tyler Ulis said afterwards. “We knew what to do.”

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What better player to put the game on ice than Andrew Harrison? With the score tied, Andrew did as Andrew does, driving the lane and picking up a foul with six seconds left. In a fitting tribute to his growth and maturation, Andrew cooly sank both free throws, putting the Cats up by two. The shots were so pure they never even hit the rim.

The Cats aren’t done, and they’re not satisfied with their performance tonight. “I don’t like this win at all, honestly. I’m happy we won, but I feel like we have a lot of work to do,” Tyler Ulis said. “I don’t like how we won, I don’t like how we played as a team. We just have to get together and motivate ourselves and try to play better.”

The fact that Kentucky’s on its way to its second-straight Final Four isn’t surprising, but the manner in which they pulled the win off is pretty unbelievable.

Not done yet.


The team gets back at 1:32 a.m.

Want to greet the team as they arrive in Lexington? According to officials at the Blue Grass airport, the Cats are scheduled to land at 1:32 a.m.

If you go, take plenty of pictures for us.


Kentucky advances to the Final Four (USA Today Photo Gallery)

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All photos via Andrew Weber and Rick Osentoski for USA Today Sports


Willie on tonight’s win: “Heart”

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I’m struggling to come up with any words to capture Kentucky’s thrilling win tonight, but Willie Cauley-Stein summed it up perfectly in the locker room. “It’s heart,” Willie said of Kentucky’s dramatic comeback.

“That’s a great word for it,” Marcus Lee said. “This team has a huge heart.”

I think we all thought the Cats would lose at some point, and even Willie admitted he got nervous. “I did when there was about seven minutes left and then I realized there’s seven minutes left. This is what we do. If we can get it tied again, there’s no doubt in my mind that we win it.”

Marcus Lee freely admitted he was terrified. “Yeah I was scared! I’m not going to lie to you,” Lee said. “It was that whole half, you just have that big thing stuck in your chest and you’re kind of just waiting for your team to pick it up and once you finally pick it up, you rest it out and feel good.”

When I told Karl Towns how Willie summed up the game, he had a slight addition. “I think it’s heart and I think it can be summed up in another word: will.”

I’ll add one more: fate.


Coach Cal: “We were just scratching to stay in the game”

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Kentucky trailed for a 12-minute stretch late in the game before Aaron Harrison — OF COURSE IT WAS AARON HARRISON — gave UK a lead with three minutes to go. The two sides went back and forth from there until the Cats escaped with the close, and nerve-racking, victory.

After the game, Coach Cal had this to say about his players’ will to win:

I’m really proud of the guys. All we did, we were just scratching to stay in the game. I don’t know if our breakdowns, until I watch the tape, were us or Notre Dame being that good offensively. And I’ll tell you the thing on the side pick and roll and the empty side pick and roll, that’s on me as a coach. We never figured it out, we tried doing some different things and they just kept scoring on that, and Mike did what he should have, just kept going back at it. It was nice to see Aaron do what Aaron does, just a huge 3. It was great to see Andrew play an okay game, but make the plays down the stretch. It was great to see in the second half, us able to throw at Karl Towns, and they either were scoring or you got to leave somebody. And then Tyler makes that 3 in the corner. But we were just fighting to stay in the game, to be honest with you, and it was nice to see how it finished for these kids.

Be honest: you thought Kentucky was going to lose. Don’t lie. We’re all friends here. You doubted the Cats. You thought this was going to be the end.

You were wrong, thankfully.


EJ Floreal took over the KSR GoPro after the game

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As I was rushing down to the court after the game, I spontaneously grabbed the KSR GoPro and selfie stick from my bag. Thank God I did, because EJ Floreal came up to me after the team cut the nets and took it from me. The results? Pretty awesome:


Big Blue Nation is going nuts right now

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Me too, man. Me too.

More from around The Nation:

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March 28th, 2015

Listen to Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond on the postgame show

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Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are celebrating in the lobby of The Renaissance hotel and you can listen to their jubilee on your radio or radio streaming devices. Tune in on 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP or stream online.

Give them a call at 1-800-444-8484 or 502-571-8484.

Discuss the show below.

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Scenes from the Celebration on State Street after the Win

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Whew! How about that? Matt, Drew & Tyler will be by soon, no doubt, to tell you how things were going in Cleveland as bits of net rained down upon them from above, but let’s check out the scene from State Street in Lexington, shall we?

Here comes the crowd (via @cheyenemiller19):

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And they just kept rolling in (via @alekm):

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@Rachel _F24 and her crew are in the thick of things:

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While our own Matt Elam (@fballlslife69) found a perch above the fray:

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Students begin setting fire to personal items, creating more demand for premium merchandise from the KSR Store (via @CheyeneMiller19):

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While @JStaab2014 is staying on the good side of the law with his new best friend:

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Stay safe out there, everyone. Celebrate responsibly. Sitting on a couch is a terrible place to be right now, it looks like. And have a great time, BBN. We certainly earned it tonight.

 

 

 


Watch the trophy presentation


PHOTOS: The Midwest champs celebrate after the win

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Kentucky 68, Notre Dame 66

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CATS WIN!!!!!!

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KENTUCKY IS GOING TO THE FINAL FOUR!!!!!!


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Sights and sounds from The Q

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We’re about 40 minutes from tip off, and The Q is starting to buzz. To help you pass the time, here are some sights and sounds, starting with the Cats taking the court:

A video posted by Tyler Thompson (@mrstylerksr) on

Our favorite tatted fan, Thomas Younce, is ready:

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is here in a Notre Dame hoodie (his daughter goes to school there):

Finally, Sam Malone’s mother Linda and Jake Craft are sporting #13 Malone jerseys:

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Now all they need are some headbands and they’re set.

Live blog in 30…