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The Senior Night that could have been

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Any other year, this would be Senior Night at Rupp Arena; however, for the first time since World War II, there are no seniors on Kentucky’s roster. That’s pretty crazy when you think about it, but it’s even crazier when you take into consideration that, in an alternate reality, Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, and Trey Lyles would be playing their final game at Rupp tonight. Now an NBA All-Star, Karl honored the moment on Twitter this afternoon:

Devin wants to know if he can start:


If you need a reminder of what those four are doing in the NBA right now, here are their current averages:

  • Karl Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves: 20.3 points, 12.3 rebounds
  • Trey Lyles, Denver Nuggets: 10.9 points, 5.1 rebounds
  • Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns: 6.8 points, 3.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds
  • Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: 24.7 points, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds

Shedding a few tears is a Senior Night tradition, so turn down the sound on the top video, crank it up on the second and let the memories roll over you:


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 Comments for The Senior Night that could have been

  1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    5:19 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    How lucky have we been to see kids like this come to Kentucky? I know people will be quick to say “only one championship” or roll their eyes at us winning the draft every year but the kids that have come to Kentucky have been really special. Remember Marcus Lee, he did more in the community while at UK than any player I can think of, visiting children in the hospital, going to local high school games with EJ and James Young (especially Brad’s games). WCS grew into himself on the court, as a student, and as a man. WCS hated to read when he got here so Cal had a personal book club with him, WCS had zero conditioning when he stepped on campus and became the motor of the defense his Jr year, and let’s not forget about all his different hair styles. I applaud the basketball staff, the players that come to Kentucky, and the university. Now let’s get number 9!

    • michaelb
      5:55 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Very well put

    • BigBlueNationDude
      6:29 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      1 title though. Im still mad about Wisconsin. Bro

    • 4everUKblue
      6:35 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      you are a sad little boytoy.

    • makeitstop
      6:48 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      They have been great kids and they seem to be making great adults, too. That doesn’t happen by accident, and our coaches get some of that credit. Boy, would it have been fun to see them try and break that 88 game record of UCLA, though!

    • BigBlueNationDude
      7:15 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Im more mad about Virginia Tech

    • Mathlete
      8:06 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      @BBNdude – do you mean West Virginia? I don’t remember VT beating us in the tournament but we’d have won a title in 2010 if not for a bad shooting night against WVU

    • BigBlueNationDude
      8:09 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Duke bro

    • BigBlueNationDude
      8:17 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      But on the bright side UK beat Va Tech 93-86

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    5:58 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Very nice group. Glad they are all doing well.

  3. notFromhere
    6:32 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Would’ve been great to see Booker explode in the stats dept while at UK. Over 60 points per game between those guys at that level should translate to more than 90 on this level. Someday maybe we’ll have the ability to play to the strengths of the players on the team. Last time we did that extremely well was 1998.

  4. Miller45
    8:53 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    that’s half of the West all stars team next year

  5. joseph_daniel
    5:25 am March 1, 2018 Permalink

    It’s interesting how many of these 5 star recruits have been Christians. Even a non believer can not deny we’ve had some very good kids playing under Mr. Calipari. I’m sure that he considers that when recruiting… if you don’t have the hope of Jesus in your life, it can be impossible to “build your own self esteem” in Cal’s system. He really has become a great builder of men in his time.