KSR is sitting courtside for Butler versus Bucknell and it’s a very, very, very bizarre scene for a Kentucky fan. Rupp Arena doesn’t look like Rupp Arena; Louisville fans are everywhere; and all media workrooms, entrances, etc. have been moved to Heritage Hall. It’s cool to be here for the first day of the NCAA tournament, but I want our Rupp Arena back. This just feels weird.
Oh, and Jerry Tipton is here, in cased you didn’t notice.
How about some afternoon notes?
— It has been 24 hours since Julius Randle pledged his commitment to play for the University of Kentucky and excitement is still booming around Big Blue Nation. The Wildcats have already been bounced from postseason play this March, but don’t tell that to a Kentucky fan — they’re not listening. It’s all smiles around here knowing Calipari has already assembled what will likely be the most talented basketball team in the country and the early favorite to win it all next season. Throw Andrew Wiggins on that roster, which Rex Chapman hinted at this morning, and you’re looking at potentially the most talented team in the history of college basketball. That one came from ESPN’s Chad Ford, not me. Even the outside perspectives know how good the 2013-14 Cats will be.
— Before we get ahead of ourselves and start lining up for Big Blue Madness tickets, we do have an NCAA tournament (sans Kentucky) to enjoy right now. And by enjoy, I mean root against Louisville and Indiana. I have 62 favorite teams this season.
— North Carolina A&T will be the Cardinals’ first opponent and this video should get you ready for what they’re all about. Watch what happens when a player fouls out at a North Carolina A&T home game…
The bucket list has a new entry.
— Look at Mashburn working hard…
— To the surprise of absolutely no one, Andrew Wiggins was named Gatorade High School Player of the Year in West Virginia. Up there in Michigan, our man James Young was snubbed from Mr. Basketball honors, somehow. He finished third in the voting.
— On this morning’s radio show, Matt and Ryan celebrated the Randle commitment and explained why Florida Gulf Coast’s head coach is a hero to us all. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com.
This Butler-Bucknell game is getting good. I need to pay attention.