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March 29th, 2015

A Little Bit of Yahtzee in Between A Lot of Basketball

 

Not to change the subject or anything, but Stoops just got a Yahtzee! The 2015 commitment comes from 6’9″ OL/DL Calvin Taylor out of Augusta Christian in Georgia. According to 24/7 Sports, Taylor was also offered by Temple and Charlotte before committing to the Cats.

If you are interested, click on the picture below to view his senior year highlight reel over on Hudl:

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Trey Lyles could win a title in his hometown

Trey Lyles tweeted this on Apr. 21, 2014, a couple weeks after the Cats lost to UConn in the championship game. After committing to Kentucky back in November of 2013, Lyles dream of winning a national title in his hometown is very close to become a reality.

Lyles and the team have already had the opportunity to play in Indianapolis in the Champions Classic game against Kansas. Let’s hope the outcome is the same this weekend.


Some ESPN graphics to get you more excited

 

Sometimes I think ESPN should be renamed EKSPN (Entertainment and Kentucky Sports Programming Network).

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Karl-Anthony Towns > Jahlil Okafor

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Kentucky makes history

 

Kentucky continues to make history, this time in television.

According to NCAA.com:

Last night’s thrilling NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game between Kentucky and Notre Dame on TBS generated a 9.0/16 overnight rating/share – peaking with an 11.9/21 from 10:45-11 p.m. ET – to deliver the highest overnight rating for a college basketball game in cable television history.

The Kentucky/Notre Dame telecast is up 53% over last year’s comparable game and is the highest rating in the telecast window in 10 years.

You can read the whole story here.

 


Around 2000 fans celebrated on State Street

 

City officials said that an estimated 2000 celebrated Kentucky’s Final Four birth on State Street, the center of post-game partying, Saturday night. After the game ended, fans rushed to the celebration area CATS cheering the whole way.

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Couches and clothes were burned and fire were started. However, firefighter were on hand to put them out when they began to get too out of hand. Fireworks even lit up the sky at one point from a neighboring street.

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Police decked out in their riot gear were ready to move in if something bad happened, but most of their time was spent taking pictures with students which they happily complied.

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Officials said that the celebrants starting leaving the State Street area around 1:30 p.m. and just before 2:00 a.m., the city brought in street cleaners to clean out the area.

Some famous faces were in attendance to celebrate the Cats win including Bud Dupree and Chane Behanan (??).

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The team reacts to win on Twitter

 

I think they are happy.

 


The Cats love their moms

 

Andrew Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Dakari Johnson all celebrated the win over Notre Dame with their moms. Ahhhhhhhhhh

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You people are crazy

 

I guess Kentucky fans didn’t feel like going to bed last night because many greeted the team as they arrived back in Lexington around 1:30 a.m.

Fans also welcomed the team back along the route home and at the Wildcat Lodge.

YOU. PEOPLE. ARE. CRAZY.

 


Let’s watch some beautiful highlights

 

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Go relive the win last night with highlights from Kentucky Wildcats TV.

 


CBS re-airing the Kentucky/Notre Dame game

Don’t worry each game will have the same ending as last night. So sit back and relax and rewatch the game and all its glory.

 


Sunday Morning Links

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— Karl-Anthony Towns made himself some money last night. Towns scored a career-high of 25 points, going 10 from 12 from the field. He definitely made his case as to why he should be the No. 1 draft pick this summer.

— Notre Dame gave Kentucky one of its best games this season. They gave the Cats all they could handle but determination by this Kentucky team is what prevailed. USA Today writes that Kentucky’s determination is what will win them a title, not talent.

— CBS Sports gives us five takeaways from the Kentucky/Wisconsin Final Four rematch. CBS sports writer Chip Patterson believes the Kentucky-Notre Dame game could be the best game of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

— The team arrived back in Lexington around 1:30 am and the Big Blue Nation was there to meet them. You people are crazy.

— Students at the University of Kentucky filled state street to celebrate the Cats win over the Irish. An estimated 2000 people filled the famous street after the crazy finish. Look through some of the celebration pictures here.

— The football team had their first open practice on Saturday morning. Despite the 30-degree weather and a late basketball game, about 100 fans showed up to watch. Towles and the offense shined on the chilly morning under new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.

 


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.