If you guys know of a UK – U of L storyline that hasn’t been explored this week, then let me know. We’ve had to withstand the excruciatingly long five days since this match up was decided and now it’s only a few hours away. If there was one point stressed today, it was this: Tomorrow’s game is just the next one on the schedule for these two teams. The rivalry aspect is the one obsessed over by the media and the fans, but to the guys on the team this is just another stepping stone on the way to immortality.
Nothing embodies that more than the article by Jeff Eisenberg about the friendships between players on the opposing teams. In it Eisenberg talks about Doron Lamb’s friendship with Russ Smith, Terrence Jones’ tie to Peyton Siva and Anthony Davis’ bond to Wayne Blackshear. If you don’t check it out, let me note two of the best Doron Lamb quotes I’ve ever seen. Talking about Smith he said, “I didn’t want to play on his team because he didn’t pass the ball. Even when I played against him though, he shot the ball all the time.” He added that Smith had a propensity for pranks saying, “He’d do all these pranks. If you were on a trip and you went to sleep around him, next thing you knew you’d be all wet.” I have no idea what that means and I don’t really want to know. All I care about is that Chane Behanan wakes up ‘all wet’.
That being said, this game is about the state of Kentucky more than anything and the entire state of Kentucky is currently in New Orleans. From unofficial reports on Twitter, I’ve heard that UK and Louisville fans outnumber Kansas and Ohio State fans by about four to one and that UK fans outnumber Louisville fans two to one on Bourbon Street. I’m not good at math, but if those number hold up in the Superdome then UK fans should hold a slight advantage over all other fans combined. Maybe? Doesn’t matter. Our fans are the best and the loudest. It’ll be nice to have an advantage though. I’d wager that none of the OSU or Kansas fans will be cheering too hard for Kentucky over Louisville in the first game.
– What happens when you barely miss out on making the Final Four? Crime. That’s what.
– Anthony Davis won another Player of the Year award. This one was presented to him by Oscar Robertson. That’s pretty cool.
The team is ready for this game and the fans have been ready for a long, long time. By the way they were at practice it seems that the shooters are making shots in the dome and everyone is generally loose. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist told media today that he doesn’t get nervous. If MKG says it, then I don’t need a second opinion. We’ll have more for you guys all day tomorrow. Remember to breathe. Six o’clock will be here sooner than you know it.