Before we start finalizing those plans for Indianapolis this coming weekend, let’s take one last look back toward the Midwest Regional in lovely Cleveland, Ohio.
And because words won’t do it justice, let’s use GIFs to relive the moments…
Kentucky opened up action in Cleveland with West Virginia, the talkin-est team to ever talk before playing the undefeated Wildcats in the Sweet 16. WVU freshman Daxter Miles guaranteed a Mountaineers win the day before the game, which only made the imminent beatdown worse once the two teams met on the court.
It was all UK from the tip, led by Ashley Judd’s cheers from behind the bench. She lost her hat while directing the officials during Kentucky’s 18-2 run to start the game.
What’s that, Bob? You don’t agree with the call?
This was one of the many F-bombs Huggy Bear dropped on the West Virginia sideline. If F-bombs were worth a point, maybe his team keeps it close.
Probably not, though.
Hell, it was such a blowout, Marcus Lee got tired of dominating the Mountainteers and dunked on his own teammate.
At least someone was scoring over a Wildcat. West Virginia sure wasn’t doing it. Not even a dislocated finger on Mr. March himself could slow down Kentucky in this one. Aaron Harrison popped the bone back into place and returned to the game. Because that’s what killers do. And it landed him a kiss on the head from his coach.
Andrew Harrison, you’re a bad man. They were just showing off at this point.
By the way, the guy on his back at the end of the play, that’s the one who made fun of the Harrison twins for playing Nintendo. DO NOT MAKE FUN OF NINTENDO.
He called the twins “cheap,” too. But hey, at least he’s not the one who predicted that West Virginia win. It sure was a rough night for that guy: zero points, zero wins.
Make that 37-0 for the Cats.
Then came Notre Dame in the Elite Eight for a spot in the Final Four and the Irish gave Kentucky all it could handle for the entire game. The Wildcats trailed for a 15-minute stretch in the second half, giving up dunks and open jumpers to Jerian Grant, Pat Connaughton and Zach Auguste, while we all sat around like this:
Kentucky would take the lead with three minutes to go on an Aaron Harrison three-pointer from somewhere near Columbus. Aaron stared down the bench after his big shot as Devin Booker called him a bad — what, Devin?
The cameras cut away from that last syllable. It looks like he said “bad mother” and then some other word, possibly starting with an F.
Minutes later, Andrew Harrison knocked down two free throws to break a tie game with six second remaining. Then Grant’s final prayer for Notre Dame missed its mark at the buzzer, sending Karl Towns to the court like a UK fan in Lexington running toward State Street.
Kentucky punched its ticket to a second consecutive Final Four, its fourth in five years under John Calipari.
E.J. Floreal danced.
And the nets came down in Cleveland.