You University of Kentucky men’s basketball program released another episode of its popular “The Journey” web series, a KY Wildcats TV joint. If you haven’t yet seen it, watch the entire video below. It’ll get you more than ready for the upcoming contest with Mizzou.
“You’re prepared for this. What a great opportunity, literally for every guy in the room just to go play. This is a man-oh-man game. Let’s help each other.”
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 19, 2019
Now that I’ve seen it (43 times and counting), here are my five favorite parts of the show:
1. Marlana Van Hoose singing the national anthem.
The night got off to a great start with Marlana Van Hoose belting the national anthem moments before tip-off. It was one of her better showings, too; thanks to the Rupp Arena crowd helping her finish off the song with their unsolicited background vocals. The home crowd takes over for Everett McCorvey once a year for the national anthem, but this was the first time the crowd has joined Marlana Van Hoose and it made for a neat moment to get things going.
2. “Ashton, I’m putting it all on you.”
In a behind-the-scenes look at the locker room prior to the game, we hear Kenny Payne tell Ashton Hagans, “I’m putting it all on you.”
“I know our wings are going to run, I know our bigs are going to rebound,” Payne said. “Our transition is going to start with you.”
It’s not in the video, but on Monday, Payne said Kentucky is really good when Hagans is locked in, which he was.
3. Was that a Ryan Lemond fathead in the student section?
Yep. That was a Ryan Lemond fathead in the student section.
4. Coach Cal’s comments after the game.
After Kentucky pulled off the big win, Coach Cal said two very interesting things to the team. First, he singled out Nick Richards for making a big play and said, “What he doesn’t get is every one of us, including every fan, knows how important he is to this team and wants him to do well.”
Then he told the entire team,”If you guys decide this is who you guys are, we’re fine. If you guys get arrogant, it’s my job to see it coming.”
Point being, don’t get comfortable and let off the gas.
5. Keldon Johnson was out of his mind and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist loved it.
Real recognize real, they say.