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Bojangles Presents Gameday on KSR: Kentucky vs. Buffalo

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An Unbelievable Upset

A 16 beat a one.  A 16-seed actually beat a one.  UMBC’s unprecedented upset over Virginia was an historic ass-whopping.  They did not just win, they won by 20 points.

The Retrievers’ unbelievable win created a social media monster. The man behind @UMBCAthletics account spent the night dragging the haters in a hilarious fashion.  The victory also completely opened up the South Region.  Kentucky’s draw suddenly does not look so bad after all.

Fans can look ahead and dream, while the players focus all of their attention on Buffalo.

Buffalo is “Confident”

There’s a fine line between cocky and confident.  Some might say the Buffalo Bulls are toeing that line, while others might say they’ve abandoned all reservations to send the Kentucky Wildcats a message: we’re coming for ya.

It starts at the top.  Nate Oats called out Calipari for “whining,” and did not walk back from that statement when given the chance.  Coach Cal did not like it, but he understands.

“If I were on their team I’d feel very confident, too,” he said. “The way they played, I watched about six tapes of them, and they remind me of my UMass teams. Hard-nosed, tough, swagger, chip on their shoulder.”

You can’t blame Buffalo for being too confident, until that bulletin board material gives Kentucky more motivation to teach them a lesson, a la 2015 West Virginia.  Coach Cal’s message to his team is simple: prepare to fight.

Guard the Three-Point Line

Just like Davidson, Kentucky can’t let Buffalo beat them from behind the three-point line.  The Bulls are are 37.6 percent three-point shooting team that knocked down 15-of-30 to defeat Arizona.  When center Nick Perkins is in the game, they have five three-point threats on the floor.

Kentucky’s top-five three-point defense looked the part for about 30 minutes against Davidson.  Gudmundsson used that opportunity to hit five straight threes.  The Cats can’t let something like that happen again.

It’s Washington and Wenyen’s Time to Shine

With the Bulls spreading the floor offensively, Kentucky will play plenty of small ball with P.J. Washington and Wenyen Gabriel.

Washington’s physicality can take Perkins out of the game, if foul trouble doesn’t take him out of the game first.  Kentucky does not need another seven three-point performance (although I would not mind it) from Gabriel, they just need him to rebound and play sound defense.  When Davidson spread the floor, Wenyen got lost too often on back-cuts.  If Kentucky learned a lesson in the first round, they should be fine in the round of 32.

TV, Radio, Vegas

TV — Tip-off vs. Buffalo is at 5:15 ET on CBS with Brian Anderson, Chris Webber and Lisa Byington on the call.

Radio — The KSR Pregame Show begins at 2:30 on 630 WLAP.  Hear Leach and Pratt on the UK Sports Network.

Vegas — UK -6

Today’s NCAA Tournament Schedule

Time Game Network
12:10 #9 Alabama vs. #1 Villanova CBS
2:45 #7 Rhode Island vs. #2 Duke CBS
5:15 #13 Buffalo vs. #5 Kentucky CBS
6:10 #11 Loyola vs. #3 Tennessee TNT
7:10 #8 Seton Hall vs. #1 Kansas TBS
7:45 #5 Ohio State vs. #4 Gonzaga CBS
8:35 #6 Florida vs. #3 Texas Tech TNT
9:35 #6 Houston vs. #3 Michigan TBS

Not Weird, Not Weird at All

The Texas A&M yell leader went toe-to-toe with the Providence Friar in the world’s most awkward mascot dance-off.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Bojangles Presents Gameday on KSR: Kentucky vs. Buffalo

    10:42 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    The Friar mascot will be giving me nightmares for a long time

  2. RealCatsFan
    11:24 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit concerned about the game today. Buffalo played out of their minds the last game, and UK couldn’t buy a three. This team will have absolutely no fear at all against us today, so the Cats better bring it! Staying out of foul trouble and clamping down the perimeter will be key. The last thing I want to see is one of these little teams beating us from the 3 point line or the FT line.

    • runningunnin.454
      11:53 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Virginia fans are incensed they were put in a bracket of death with UK, Arizona, and
      University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  3. That was a dance off?

    That leprechan thing will always be hilarious. The artist’s rendering is the best.

  4. Rixter
    11:50 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    It was a great, an historic win for UMBC, no doubt. One that will be remembered for all time. But for them to portray themselves as indignant for being disrespected is insane. 16 seeds had been 0 – 135 going into that game. That’s an impressive track record of futility. Virginia had a historically dominant this year. ‘Haters’ had every right to think they had NO shot. They wanted respect? Based on.. WHAT????
    Enjoy your win, but don’t come off as total d*cks.

    • And they lost to Albany by 40 or someting earlier this year. Incredible win though.

    • catsarerunnin
      3:02 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t see them acting that way but they also just shocked the world. This isn’t a typical upset. It was a complete beat down of the #1 seed in the tourney. I’ll give them lots of latitude on their attitude.