so this is how I choose to celebrate
That sound you hear is the collective celebration from the state of Kentucky as Nerlens Noel made the Flat Top the hair style of choice in the Bluegrass, picking UK tonight. The ESPNU show was unbelievably long, Dave Telep couldn’t handle the new-fangled technology and Tom Crean put us all to sleep, but in the end it was worth it, as Noel picked the Cats. A few notes on the evening:
— Nerlens picking UK puts the Cats as the #1 class in America AGAIN, for the fourth time in a row.
— John Calipari probably had some folks worried when he talked at the beginning about how UK was not for everyone, etc. But it turns out that message may have been for Shabazz, as Noel ended up deciding it was for him.
— Signs looked bad early as well when Noel said that the main factor in his decision was his mother, who had favored Georgetown for sometime. But he must have convinced her otherwise, as he still found a way to choose the Cats.
— After it was over, Noel said this: “We are coming for a repeat. We are going hard and we are going at it…we are coming for a Championship”
A fun night tonight all the way around. We topped out at 22,700 people on the LIVE BLOG at one time, crushing our all-time record. It was an unexpected victory (always the best kind) and it confirmed that UK is still on top. We wish Shabazz the best at UCLA (he seems like a great kid) and now move on to another season of the Cats in the Top 5. The Calapalooza Bus Tour is tomorrow and we will have coverage here all day.