It’s a great day to be a Kentucky Wildcat!
There is nothing like the feeling of waking up in the morning after an NCAA tournament win. It’s no longer the time for analysis or breaking down any lingering team deficiencies .
The only thing that matters now is surviving and advancing.
The Cats did just that on Thursday night beating Davidson 78-73 in a game that seemed like it would never end. It had many similarities to SEC championship game versus Tennessee. Kentucky got off to great start and had Davidson down as many as 13 points in the first half but could not pull away. The game was tied at 52-52 with 8 minutes to go. The Cats rallied behind a monster 25 point performance from Kevin Knox. His mid range game was unstoppable. Knox made clutch shot after shot.
It was terrific to see Kentucky win another game where they were challenged for 40 straight minutes. I though the game would never end!
Big Blue Nation knew that Davidson would present a tough match-up while trying to execute their game plan of jacking up threes anytime the opportunity presented itself. The Wildcats (not Kentucky) shot 11-33 from deep which accounted for nearly half of their points. Star player Peyton Aldridge was for the most part held in check, he tallied only 12 points on 4-17 shooting. Aldridge has some really good looks down the stretch from deep and fortunately for Kentucky, he missed them.
Today should be spent in joyous celebration for all of the fan base. There will be time tomorrow to stress the Cats second round match-up against Buffalo.
For now, gloat at work and enjoy this victory.
John Calipari is now 8-0 in the round of 64 during his time at Kentucky. #InCalWeTrust
Kentucky now 46-10 all-time in first round NCAA Tournament games, including 8-0 under John Calipari.
— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 16, 2018
The 3 point streak is now over:
I refuse to complain about anything the day after an NCAA tournament win. However, I was sad to see the three point shooting streak end. If you don’t know, Kentucky men’s basketball had went an incredible 1,047 games in a row with a made three point field goal. After shooting 0-6 Thursday night in Boise, the streak is now over after nearly 30 years.
Does that mean a damn thing? No. But it was a cool stat to talk about. On the bright side, not many fans would have imagined the streak ending in a big win! Miraculous that Kentucky won the game against Davidson being out scored from deep 33-0.
It is wildly impressive that the youngest team in college basketball has the IQ to not even attempt more than 6 three pointers. This team knows what their strength is and capitalizes on it. Credit to Coach Cal and the players for embracing this.
Talk about an overnight internet sensation. Band member, Hayden Hooper, represented for the BBN in tremendous fashion last night and it was all caught on camera. Chris Webber and various celebrities gave props to Hooper on twitter. It was an epic moment. Dab on em, big dawg!
The Buffalo Bulls await in the round of 32:
There were some nervous fans, including myself, on selection Sunday. A match-up with super human Deandre Ayton and the Arizona Wildcats in round 2 seemed inevitable. Buffalo had other plans and completely torched Arizona by 21 points. Yikes!
Before we look ahead, I have to ask, how in the hell does Sean Miller even have a job? He is terrible. Arizona essentially gambled the validity of their entire season by allowing Miller to coach after the recent wire tap scandal. Only to go lay yet another egg early in the NCAA tournament. If I am an Arizona fan, he has to go. Like, yesterday.
A phrase worth mentioning may be; Be careful what you wish for.
It appears like a good thing for Kentucky to avoid Ayton but the way Buffalo looked last night now I am not so sure. The Bulls not only out-rebounded Arizona, they also splashed in 15-30 from distance. If you watched the game you know how aggressive Buffalo came out and never let up the entire game.
The Bulls are known for intense ball pressure. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green will have to be strong with the ball and limit turnovers.
Kentucky will be forced to match the intensity or they are susceptible to the same fate as, the bum, Sean Miller’s team.
The Cats and the Bulls will tip-off Saturday at 5:15 pm EST on CBS.