What a game. I think I speak for most of Big Blue Nation when I say that today’s contest was one of the most emotionally exhausting games in recent memory and by far the most stressful regular season game in a long time. As Davis secured his block and the clock ran out, I had the same feeling of relieved vindication that I felt when Brandon Knight sunk that elbow jumper in the waning seconds of the Ohio State game in Newark last season. UK did go into this game ranked higher than UNC, but the national consensus seemed to be that North Carolina was the better team. Anthony Davis would kindly ask you to reconsider.
– My player of the game was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. However, cases could be made for Terrence Jones, Darius Miller, Doron Lamb or even Anthony Davis. MKG came out in the second half and played like the guy who was considered to be the best high school player in the nation his junior year. When he’s not taking questionable jump shots and instead getting his offense off the drive, Kidd-Gilchrist is the best player on this team and I will confidently stand by that. Chad Ford said that no player on the court helped his draft stock more than MKG. That’s an impressive honor considering the future NBA players who logged minutes today. MKG is going to be a real fan favorite this season.
– UK needs to improve their perimeter defense and offense, but other than that this was a solid game for the Cats. We avoided our usual early game sluggishness and put the Heels away with our patented second half improvements.
– Did anyone get a screen grab of Bullock (I think) putting up the three goggles after a first half make? CBS briefly caught it on camera and it was really annoying. I know that’s not just a UK thing, but to do it on our home court generated some bad karma for UNC. It would be like going into the Chicken Bucket and committing an armed robbery. That’s their thing. You just don’t do it.
– I know that everyone is saying they want to see North Carolina again in March, but I wouldn’t mind if they got upset in an earlier round. Sue me.
– Marquette spanked Wisconsin in the Kohl Center today. They won by seven, but at the pace the Badgers like to keep, I consider that a spanking. Not really relevant but interesting.
– In football news, future Kentucky star, Patrick Towles, led his Highlands Bluebirds to the 4A title over Franklin Simpson this afternoon. They won 42-14. Towles passed for 183 yards and a touchdown and ran for 122 yards and another score. He keyed Bluebird scoring drives of both 95 and 99 yards in the first half. Congratulations to Patrick, we can’t wait to see you win here too.
– After a slow start, LSU exploded behind the play of Tyrann Mathieu, the Honey Badger, to beat the Georgia Bulldogs and advance to the national championship game with a perfect 13-0 record. The Tigers outscored UGA 35-0 in the second half to win 42-10. Georgia started off very impressively, but LSU proved to be too much and Mathieu proved to be too amazing. The guy is an absolute freak who just makes plays. I don’t expect him to win the Heisman, but if he’s denied an invite to New York City, it will be an absolute crime (not to be confused with smoking synthetic marijuana).
– I know it’s a moot point with UK considering which of our best traditional series to drop, but I’d love for this team to play Xavier. If you didn’t catch the Xavier – Purdue game today you missed out on a classic. Tu Holloway led the Muskies back from down 19 to beat the Boilermakers. He connected on three straight three pointers late in the game to tie the game, take the lead then seal the win. The guy is an absolute gamer. The Atlantic-10 has some good teams that are sure to be receiving at-large bids come tourney time. Don’t sleep of those guys.
I hope you celebrations have gone well today. I’m sure we’ll keep it up all day tomorrow too. Unfortunately, we have to wait a week for basketball action again, but beating Indiana and watching their fans cry will be worth the wait.