You know that commercial you hate? The one that shows Indiana’s shot to beat UK at the buzzer? The one ESPN plays over, and over, and over? Yeah, you know it. Well, it turns out UK’s team is pretty familiar with it, too. Cal mentioned it in the postgame press conference this afternoon as one thing that has helped keep them motivated through the season:
“But I’m proud of them. They’re a good group. What’s driven them, I want to thank ESPN. They’ve done one of the greatest services for my program by having that advertisement that keeps showing Indiana beating us. Every time my team watches TV and on ESPN they see it, they just shake their head. Makes ‘em mad. Thank you, ESPN.”
Anthony Davis also weighed in on seeing the team’s only loss replayed all the time:
“We get mad every time we see that. It shows like 100 times on ESPN a day. That really makes us mad. It’s just the way we lost. We never want to have that feeling again. That was a tough loss to swallow. Everybody was mad, everybody for the whole week because we lost. We just don’t want to have that feeling again.”
Terrence Jones has his own strategy for dealing with the commercial:
“Oh, I turn the TV off. Every time. I know I turn the TV off every time I see that commercial. I almost sold my iPhone, my iPad. I turn the TV off.”
There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether Kentucky “needs” a loss down the stretch to help remind them that they can be beaten and re-focus them before the NCAA tournament. I don’t agree with that notion, but it turns out they don’t need reminding anyway. The WorldWide Leader has been doing the job all season long.
[Quotes via the Courier-Journal]