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The Cats on the rare Rupp Arena dogpile

It’s not every day we see a dogpile at Rupp Arena, but Quade Green’s game-winner was cause enough for the rare celebration. Once the buzzer sealed Kentucky’s 83-81 overtime win over Vandy, Quade’s teammates swarmed him, collapsing into a giant heap of emotions at midcourt.

It was an awesome moment, but did anyone else freak out when PJ Washington pushed Quade Green, who is recovering from a back injury, to the floor? I sure did. Thankfully, Quade’s smile shined through and he assured reporters afterwards that he’s all good.

“That was my first [dogpile] actually. I wasn’t surprised it just shocked me. I just turned around and saw Jonny [David] running at me then everybody was on me pushing me down to the ground. I was very surprised PJ [Washington] pushed me down to the ground but the blood was running through my body so I didn’t feel it.”

The experience wasn’t quite as fun for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who carried the Cats to victory with 30 points, but took a knee to the face in the pile.

“That was my first dogpile,” Shai said. “It was not as fun as I expected it. I got a knee to the cheek. I didn’t feel it at the moment, but I’ll feel it tomorrow morning.”

Kevin Knox, who is coming off his own big game vs. West Virginia, knew exactly how to congratulate Quade.

“We were just saying, ‘Big shot, big shot.’ Slap him on the head, just kept slapping him on the head, just saying, ‘Big shot.’ I think somebody picked him up. Some big dude just picked him and just walked in. I told him when I hugged him, I said, ‘That’s what you do.’ That’s just a big shot for him. I know he can make it. That’s just his mentality.”

The celebration continued on the way to the locker room:

Overtime was as thrilling as regulation was ugly, and Quade credited those who stayed at Rupp for a wild atmosphere.

“It was a crazy feeling,” Quade said of hitting the game-winner in Rupp. “It was loud in there. Like, loud. That’s probably the loudest I’ve ever heard.”

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics


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17 Comments for The Cats on the rare Rupp Arena dogpile

  1. EdC
    10:44 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    There have been lots of questions by the media about who does Kentucky go to in the clutch. I LOVE that nobody is ever going to figure that out because it can be most of them. There is no way to just lock a player down or even two and feel confident that they won’t find somebody to step up.

  2. Wafeman
    10:58 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Was it PJ Washington or Sacha Killeya-Jones that pushed him?

  3. Ridge Runner
    11:03 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    I like an unplanned dog pile every once in awhile… [cough-cough] eh… uh anyway,

    But it shows the exuberant feeling after a huge effort to comeback and although I hate the fact it was over Vandy at home (should not happen)… still kinda cool kids doing that. I hear ya about Green getting shoved and any players consequences injury wise worry us. But… it is kinda cool

  4. Ridge Runner
    11:08 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Lol.. check out the camera guy and his cord-associate getting into it too! Historical footage will be shown. Heh

  5. Mathlete
    11:08 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone else leery of dogpiles after the title game run a few years ago where AP tweaked his knee?

  6. Ridge Runner
    11:20 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Riley LaChance does not enjoy dogpiles and it not due to potential injuries I understand

    • EdC
      11:36 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

      Odd I heard that he does. Go figure.

    • Rixter
      11:23 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

      LaChance tried to jump in the dogpile, but he front-rimmed it

  7. secrick
    11:25 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    The dogpile was just fine, loved the smiles on their faces. Got to remember they are kids having fun.

  8. Smyrna_Cat
    11:48 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    This is a young group, and it is nice to see the TEAM celebration!!!

  9. RealCatsFan
    12:21 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

    Locker room scene was cool. It is obvious that these kids really like each other. That is a very good sign for them being a TEAM.

  10. runningunnin.454
    12:35 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

    They’re just as thrilled over a win over lowly Vanderbilt as they were against a top 10 team. I think some of our “fans” could learn a few things from this young team.

    • Mathlete
      2:06 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

      I’m just happy they’re finally having fun again. That’s the whole reason basketball exists – FUN! – and so much of the fanbase forgets that (myself included)

  11. UKLugo
    1:00 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

    C’mon, love it!!

  12. Kevin C
    3:42 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t watch that video without smiling ; it’s good to see these young guys coming together, and having fun.

  13. Headhurts
    6:29 pm January 31, 2018 Permalink

    That was’nt a dogpile, that was a Catstack!