With Kentucky giving the NCAA tournament competition a year off before unleashing complete destruction upon the world of college basketball there is no better time than to look back at some of the best times in the modern era. Kentucky has provided some great memories over the years here are my picks for some of the best.
5. OSU gets Knighted.
When the bracket was being unveiled in 2011 I wanted to be anywhere but in the same region as Ohio State. Lucky for myself and Cat fans that was exactly where Brandon Knight and company wanted to be as they went out and won one of the best tournament games I’ve ever seen. Rewatch it and relive the chills:
4. Revenge on Duke.
The worst part of the NCAA tournament every year is having to see the shot played time and again. At least we can take solace in the fact that the Cats were able to get sweet sweet revenge on Duke along the way to hanging the seventh banner. I was too young to remember the shot but I can remember watching my family cheer hard against the Blue Devils in 98 and for that this game makes the list.
3. Cal Wins His First.
Number 8 for us. Number one for Cal. The run to the title was epic (more on that later) and facing off with Kansas was a game ripe for drama. After a fourteen year bannerless streak it was nice to make the drive back to Lexington knowing that everything was right in the world. I can’t wait to see them hang the next one.
2. Ending the drought.
1978-1996. Kentucky got close a few times but could never seem to grab that elusive sixth championship but in 1996 it was destiny. There was no stopping UK as we assembled arguably the best basketball team in the history of the sport and steamrolled our way to the national championship. Expect similar results next season.
1. Beating Louisville in the Final Four.
Will there ever be a greater feeling than watching your favorite group of players beating your most hated rival in the Final Four? I didn’t think so:
The cool thing with sports is that each game and moment can mean something different for everyone who watched it. What memories do you want to relive with the Cats out of this year’s tourney?