While your University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team is struggling through 18 games, UK’s women’s basketball team is putting together a historic season just down the road in Memorial Coliseum. I attended a game last week and I encourage you to do the same. It’s quite the show.
Here are 10 reasons why…
1. A’dia Mathies.
Mathies is the reigning SEC Player of the Year and she was picked to repeat by opposing coaches and media in the preseason. She leads Kentucky in scoring with 15.4 points per game on the year and she’s reached double-figure scoring in 17 of the last 19 games, including 10 in a row. The Louisville native is averaging a league-best 20 points through six conference games and she’s shooting 55% from beyond the arc during that stretch, also best in the SEC.
She’s one of the best to ever suit up for Kentucky and she won’t be around much longer. Go see her.
That is the motto for Matthew Mitchell’s squad this season. They play hard from start to finish for 40 minutes of effort, hustle, and tenacity. Every game is fast-paced, high-energy basketball.
3. It’s cheaper than going to a movie.
A five-dollar bill will get you in the building for a general admission seat in Memorial Coliseum. That’s cheaper than whatever you’d pay to take the family to see a terrible movie on a Sunday afternoon.
Don’t go see terrible movies on a Sunday afternoon.
4. You’ll probably leave with a souvenir.
Want a UK t-shirt? You’ll have plenty of opportunities to snag one out of the air during timeouts. One thing I’ve noticed at UK Hoops games is they love giving out swag to the fans in the crowd.
Now I’m not guaranteeing you’ll leave with something, but I like your odds if you put forth the effort. Show some passion and school spirit; yell at the shirt-tosser like your life depends on it; and box out, maintain position, and catch with two hands. Eyes on the shirt at all times, people.
5. Player interaction
Stick around afterwards to snag a signature from one or two of the players during the autograph session following the game.
And if Kentucky wins, and they usually do, the entire team sings the Kentucky fight song to the crowd.
6. Matthew Mitchell’s introduction
Matthew Mitchell is introduced to Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town” before every game. You know what other head basketball coaches come out to “My Town?”
None of them.
7. The other team always looks terrible.
No matter what team Kentucky is playing, the Cats always find a way to make them look sloppy. UK leads the nation in forced turnovers (498) and turnover margin (10.47). The rest of the country isn’t even close.
The press is really fun to watch, too.
8. They blow teams out.
Well, I mean, the teams that don’t have Brittney Griner.
Kentucky is winning its games by an average of 30.6 points this season. Only Florida and Texas A&M have kept it within double-figures.
9. Over 5,000 other people are doing it.
UK Hoops draws a big crowd for every game. Where else can you hang out with 5,000 of your closest Big Blue Nation friends in one place?
10. They’re a Final Four team.
Write it down. Sign it. Stamp it. Book your hotel in New Orleans.
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