Love is beautiful. Love is the expression of one’s values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another. Love is a force more formidable than any other. Love makes us do crazy things like buy expensive flowers that will die in a week, stalk Facebook messages, park outside apartment complexes for hours at a time, and drive to Chicago on weekends (*cough* Drew The Employee *cough*). And, sometimes, love makes us stand in the woods and lip synch Brian Adams songs while pretending to play guitar.
That’s why we’re here tonight, right now, to get behind a young man who is in pursuit of such love. He’s in search of Emily, his one and only. It’s clear in this video that Emily is his rock, his Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — that one you can’t be without. Watch as he
sings mumbles, “Look into my eyes, you’ll see…” to Emily, wherever she may be.
I don’t know Emily, but I think she needs to give him a chance. And if she won’t give him a chance, she should write the News and Views next time it’s my turn.
To the goods…
It’s been rather quiet around the Commonwealth lately, a little too quiet for it to be two days before the game. I suppose Louisville fans are worried about entering the game as the favorite, like we were in the Final Four, while Kentucky fans are busy praying to the basketball gods that we see the same Alex Poythress we saw during his stretch of four 20-point games. If that Alex Poythress shows up, Kentucky has a shot at pulling off the upset. If timid Alex Poythress shows up, I’m afraid there will be an #L1C4 epidemic across the state. It will take a near-perfect game from the Cats to get the win in this one, and that perfect game rests heavily on the shoulders of Poythress. We gotta have 40 minutes of Alex.
Some late breaking news from the Louisville training room: Rick Pitino said on his radio show Thursday night that Gorgui Dieng may not start after all. One day after saying Dieng will 100% play and start, Rick backpedaled and said he is “leaning towards” starting Dieng. Dieng’s parents have made the trip from Senegal to watch him so there’s no way he doesn’t see the court. It’ll be the first time they’ve seen their son play basketball.
Who wants a position-by-position breakdown??? YOU DO!
Ryan Harrow vs. Peyton Siva
Harrow is getting better every game but he’s got a long way to go before he’s Peyton Siva. Siva is one of the best in the country, and with four losses to UK in his career, he is hungrier than ever.
Julius Mays vs. Russ Smith
These two players are polar opposites. Mays is a smart player, a team leader, and he only pulls the trigger when he’s open. He’s Uncle Julius, the glue that holds Kentucky together. Russ, on the other hand, is wild, often careless with the ball, and will shoot whenever he wants, which is often. He plays like he’s being controlled by an Xbox controller. With that said, Smith is also a national player of the year candidate and an incredible scorer. He’s also developed into quite the 3-point shooter this season.
Archie Goodwin vs. Wayne Blackshear
Goodwin is the better player of the two but Blackshear has been much more consistent this season. He’s coming in hot, too, having scored a combined 35 points in Louisville’s last two games. Plus, Blackshear benefits from playing in Louisville’s balanced offense — when Russ is passing — while Goodwin has to force shots at times because he’s Kentucky’s primary option.
Alex Poythress vs. Chane Behanan
Poythress and Behanan are very similar players in size, strength and ability, so this matchup will depend on what Alex Poythress does. I’m giving him the slight edge because I think he’ll show up, stay out of foul trouble, and dominate.
Don’t let us down, Alex.
Nerlens Noel vs. Gorgui Dieng
Wiltjer/Polson/Cauley-Stein vs. Hancock/Harrell/Ware/Van Treese/Price
Depth is going to be problem. A big problem.
That was fun.
If you had told me Thursday morning that I’d be on the edge of my seat watching the Belk Bowl, I would’ve asked you who sold you the bath salts and what kind of a deal you got. Great game between two teams I’ve never cared about.
After hearing John Short’s phone call to Tom Dupree on The Matt Walsh Show, I think it’s time we get behind him for the 2016 Presidential race. NO. MORE. TAXES.
He’s a great American.
One hour until Matt Jones makes his Skype debut on ESPN UNITE! Tune in to ESPNU at midnight to see Matt talk Kentucky-Louisville from his bedroom.
Kentucky Sports Radio radio will be live from Fan Outfitters in Louisville at The Summit tomorrow morning. I will be joining Matt at the store for two hours of anti-Louisville radio in the final show before the big game. Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area.
That’ll do it for now.
Keep Calm and Go Cats.