The Cats have landed into the Final Four for the first time since 1998 (I’m sure you all are aware of that), this improbable run was not foreseen as the Cats have turned their late game mishaps into late game victories.
If I could wish one thing for each and every Wildcat player it would be to take part in a Final Four. Having been a part of the 1993 Final Four team, it’s a moment that I’ll never forget, from the fans cheering us on as we left Lexington, to the C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS cheer when we arrived at the hotel in New Orleans. You don’t want the time to pass and you want to stay in that moment forever.
With the goal being reaching the Final Four, you must refocus once you reach it and begin to really dive into the preparation for the 1st game. There are the distractions of autographs, fans, friends and family wanting to spend time with you, practice, media interviews and on and on. We were lucky to have an experienced coach like Coach Pitino to guide us through and prepare us as well as he did for our game vs. Michigan, and I’m sure Coach Cal will do the same to this edition of the Wildcats.
This edition of the Cats have grown from babies to adults during this 6 month journey of a hoops season. They were labeled soft, a team that can’t finish the job, young, etc., but through all of the difficulties, they’ve grown into MEN, a team that can handle adversity and overcome it to pull out a victory.
The “payback” cats as I like to call them, look to keep the perfect streak of revenge games going Saturday against UCONN. Both of these teams are vastly different than the ones that played in Maui in Novemeber. The only constant is Kemba Walker, who lit the Cats up for 29 points and 6 assists. Walker is going to get his points, but UK is going to have to make him work for them, sounds easier said, than it will be to do though. As I told friends Sunday, I can’t give you a reason why UK will beat UNC but somehow they will, and I feel the same for UCONN. Someone will make a play when the Cats need to and the addition of a “true” center that Harrellson has grown to will be a major factor as well.
All in all, I hope the Cats enjoy their Final Four visit, and if they’re like me, even 18 years later the goose bumps still come upon my body as I think about the good times associated with the Final Four.
GO BIG BLUE!!!!