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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for

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8pril. It’s finally here. We made it together, and we said it all along: this was the championship team. This was the team to bring that title back to its rightful place in the heart of basketball country — back to the Bluegrass. Kentucky is 40 minutes away from hoisting a National Championship, and putting an exclamation point on an absolutely incredible season — one Kentucky fans will remember for the rest of their lives.

Remember the start of the season? Back in October at Big Blue Madness. The legend of The Brow had begun, and we got our first glimpse at him in action. Here’s a quick summary: dunks on dunks on dunks. Go back on your Twitter timelines and look at how awestruck you were. I think it’s safe to say Mr. Anthony Davis lived up to the hype. Coach Calipari said at the podium, “We don’t move the needles, we are the needle,” and the 2011 Final Four banner was unfurled. Just like that, the Brandon Knight era had passed, and a new title hunt was on.

Remember how the Cats steamrolled through their schedule in the early season, dispatching Marist, Penn State, Radford and Portland, and more notably Kansas in Madison Square Garden. Kentucky looked elite in every sense of the word, and already the national media was talking title year. One of the only teams, so they said to challenge that was North Carolina. And the Tar Heels visited Rupp for one of the most anticipated games of the decade, and exited with a one-point loss, thanks to the long-arms of Anthony Davis. If he wasn’t already, it was this game on December 3 that firmly placed Davis in the national spotlight.

Remember bursting out of the gates at 8-0 to start the season, and the newly crowned No. 1 team in the nation, Kentucky cruising up to the hostile confines of Bloomington, Indiana. The Cats displayed their worst game of the young season. But despite it all, they had a chance to win… but fell to another “shot” by Christian. It’s a memory engrained — at least in every Kentucky player’s memory — and one which could be credited in part for helping the team advance to the Elite Eight.

Fast forward through the SEC schedule where Calipari and company dominated the regular season. They stumbled only once, in the final battle with a Southeastern Conference foe. Many would argue it refocused the team for this legendary run in March. Others would say it didn’t matter because this team had bigger goals to accomplish. Whatever the reason, all Kentucky fans (and even fans of basketball in the state) can unite for this one goal: to bring the title back to the Commonwealth.

Not to put a damper on this final day of college basketball, but realize too this is more than likely the last time we’ll see Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and possibly Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague in the Blue and White. Savor the moment, friends; especially you fellow students. You owe it to yourself, the fans, and the city of Lexington to make this a night to remember. This is a game and a time of our lives we will never forget, so let’s be safe and responsible.

Coach Calipari said at Big Blue Madness to start the season, “Tonight we feel the Kentucky Effect in full force as we redefine college basketball.”

Now let’s go get that title.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

22 Comments for It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for

  1. Kenny
    5:21 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    UK is 1st I’m just here!

  2. memphis wildcat
    5:24 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Miller’s last game as well….

  3. Stan
    5:29 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    God, I love this team and our fans. That is why I sometimes go overboard when a “outsider” gets on here and is critical of either. I make no apologies for that. GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Coach Cal's Calculator
    5:30 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    I calculate a 15 pt+ win

  5. tltaworl
    5:34 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks to KSR for keeping me entertained during the longest day ever! Butterflies are fluttering in anticipation of Glory! Friends, in 6 hours, we will be CHAMPIONS!

  6. TJ
    5:37 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Headed to the Superdome…the Road Ends Here. 8pril!!!

  7. CatFanInVA
    5:42 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Darius and Eloy’s last game also…

  8. moreorless
    5:42 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just heard Lebatard on DLHQ say that UK has the lowest GPA in the SEC. Do they fact check on that show?

  9. Justice is Done
    5:45 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Lebatard is a Retard. Wonder what his GPA was…

  10. memphis wildcat
    5:45 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    #8 – UK may have the lowest GPA – I don’t know, but UK is tied with Vandy for the highest APR. APR is what matters when it comes to scholarships.

  11. Catcounsel
    5:51 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Truly a memorable season and an UNFORGETTABLE TEAM AND COACH! Cutting down the nets and starting our Victory Celebration is all I want this evening, and we Big Blue Faithful DESERVE IT!

  12. Cking9698
    5:57 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Go cats!!!!

  13. crazycatfan
    5:58 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going crazy with the waiting, but not as crazy as I’ll be at tip off. Let’s get this party started!!!

  14. Legion
    6:01 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Great way to snub Darius. He’s only been one of the more important players this year, but let’s just forget to mention him and only focus on the young guys.

  15. UKFAN52
    6:02 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    What about Darius Miller? I’m hating this is his final year! I have been cheering for him hard, he has stuck with us through the hard times (Gillispie Era).

  16. Mkgistebow
    6:08 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Way to allow the ugly national media to brainwash you. This team has great veteran leadership, not just phenomOnal freshman.

  17. BamaCat55
    6:29 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    We have been waiting for the Anthony Davis trip;e double all year, wouldn’ttonight be SWEET.

    6:44 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Darius Miller

  19. Derp
    6:46 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink


  20. FranktheTank
    6:47 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s gonna be MILLA TIME!! Then you’re gonna feel a little silly for leavin him out!!

  21. gary
    7:32 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink


  22. nc cat
    9:03 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    OMIG…….GET THIS DONE!! GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!