[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Let’s make the best of it and start getting to know our bracket. Below are a smorgasbord of thoughts on what lies ahead of Kentucky in the NIT.
Robert Morris University and Calipari’s Homecoming: There is something depressingly poetic about Coach Cal returning to the college where his grandmother once worked in the cafeteria. Besides the many Moon Township jokes we are going to make over the next 36 hours, there are only a couple of things to know about Robert Morris. They lost to Arkansas by five (and we all remember how that game went for UK, right? Right), they shoot a lot of three pointers, and Robert Morris himself seemed to have a lazy eye.
Baylor Rematch? I’ve heard whispers of people getting semi-excited for a potential Elite Eight rematch from last year, but I’m more excited to exact revenge on Baylor for the beatdown we got in Rupp earlier this season. Since we last saw them, the Baylor Bears have finished the season with an 18-14 overall record (9-9 Big 12), and have been almost as baffling as our own Wildcats. With a few good wins (UK and Kansas), some good losses (close games against Gonzaga, Oklahoma State twice, and Kansas State), and some inexplicable losses (Northwestern, College of Charleston). Again- a resume eerily similar to UK’s. Personally, I want another chance at Baylor- especially if it’s in a quarterfinal game at Rupp Arena.
Volunteer Redemption. Okay, so I really enjoy the redemption storyline, but it’s pretty much the best thing we have to go on so far. Our 30-point loss at Tennessee was one of the nails in the coffin of our NCAA tournament hopes, and the Cats were fifty shades of shambly in their first game without Nerlens Noel. Since then, the Cats have kind of figured it out, at times, a little bit, as wins over Florida and Missouri showed. Give us another shot at the Volunteers with our “sans Nerlens” playbook fully written, and I think we could see the Cats actually come out and play with some fire against our rivals.
What is going on in this picture? Anybody?
Final Four in Madison Square Garden. If there’s one thing I learned this past weekend (besides the fact that Slim Whitman was singlehandedly responsible for bringing AIDS to South Florida), it’s that BBN will booze and socialize regardless of when, where, or who the Cats are playing. And a party in New York City to officially send this season off into the sunset? Well, it could be a lot worse.
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