If this indeed was the last UK-UNC matchup for a while, what a way to end it.
The No. 1 Wildcats pulled out a 73-72 victory over No. 5 North Carolina, thanks to a Anthony Davis block, in front of the most star-studded crowd I’ve ever seen at Rupp Arena.
Seriously, everyone and their mothers were in Lexington for this game. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Yep, well that might have had something to do with it.
-About 28 NBA general managers, assistant general managers, and scouts were in town to drool over the future of their league. According to ESPN insider Chad Ford, teams like the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, and Cleveland Cavaliers were all in the stands looking for a face of their respective franchises.
-Apparently UK has some political connections. Speaker of the House John Boehner was in attendance. Also actor and Lexington, KY native, Josh Hopkins, Tracy McGrady, Rasheed Wallace, and UK alums John Wall, Ashley Judd, DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Knight.
Let’s talk about the game.
-Coach Calipari is still undefeated in Rupp Arena. The win over the Tar heels marked his 38th consecutive victory.
-How good is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? MKG had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block in the win. WORK. When the Wildcats couldn’t find their offensive rhythm he took over and kept them in the game.
-In his postgame press conference Cal said he told Marquis Teague to stand up and give Anthony Davis a hug because “He saved you (with his last second block).”
-Teague has to figure out Coach Cal’s offense…. and soon. The offense just seems to run a lot smoother when Doron Lamb is playing the point and sometimes Teague just doesn’t look comfortable on the floor. Granted, Lamb has more experience in Cal’s offense and big games than Teague, but for this team to have success in March its going to take a concerted effort from our guards.
-UNC Coach Roy Williams praised the Wildcats after the game saying that they have the ability to score at every positions and that it’s hard to defend five guys who can score.
–Even though UK shot 56% from the field in the second half, Williams was pleased with the defensive effort of his team.
-Coach Williams added that UK dominated the paint more than he anticipated.
-When asked about the UK/UNC series continuing, Williams said he would like to see it happen but that future scheduling just might not allow it.
-The game was very close, but also very uncharacteristic for North Carolina. UNC came into the shooting 41% from three-point land and finished the game at 61% (11-19). At one point I thought they never would miss. The Wildcats overcame the unconscious shooting of UNC, but every team from now on will test them there.
-After the game Kidd-Gilchrist said “it was a tough one, but we’re the real blue.”
What a game!!! GO CATS!!!!!! #BROWDOWN!!!
More quotes to come.