Joker extended the winning streak against the Cards in a newly vamped Papa John’s cardinal Stadium in September. Not long ago, Big Blue nation and a newly built blue and white basketball court fell upon Freedom Hall and came away victorious over a ranked Notre Dame team. Today, in a sparkling new KFC CUM Yenter, the greatest tradition in college basketball, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, once again proved that they love it ‘new’ and hammered down on the Cardinals.
Listening to the post-game call-in shows around Lexington, the over all impression left on the Kentucky fans in attendance by the YUM Center was a positive one. Despite Louisville fans numerous attempts to trash the place up as they normally do in their everyday life, UK fans came away impressed. I have heard several callers say that the “Chicken Bucket” was the loudest place they had ever watched a basketball game in their life. You would have thought that level of intensity would have rattled the young and inexperienced Cats, but, you would have thought incorrectly.
There is not one Kentucky fan who can tell you with a straight face that they would have rather had Josh Harrellson at the five spot today and not Enes Kanter. There are several TGR crew members who have referred to Josh as “Church” for the most part of the year because they didn’t think he was anything more than a church league basketball star. Well, today Josh Harrellson preached a hell of a sermon to the lost and misguided in Louisville! The “Preacher man” looked like the mature senior leader Kentucky fans begged Santa for for months. I don’t know that I have been prouder of a player in my life. Jorts will forever live in Kentucky basketball lore with Patrick sparks.
The one question I have is, though Kanter has never stepped foot into a Kentucky game, how many of Josh Harrellson’s points and rebounds today were directly attributed to practicing each day against Kanter? Without as1 much as putting on his Nikes, could have Enes Kanter won the game today for Kentucky? Nothing against Eloy, but I doubt josh would have improved from the beginning of the season to now at the level he has by only battling Vargas in practice. Harrellson was a beast and I plan on having a few drinks to celebrate tonight in his name!
HAPPY BIG BLUE NEW YEAR! C! A! T! S!