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^ I posted the link (edit: in the Purdue thread) on youtube to Purdue's previous game (against Gonzaga) and that team was more "descript" than I remembered it.
Greg McQuay was a solid rebounder/defender/screener who could score when left alone. Mike Robinson was very solid as well. Neither guy made mistakes with the basketball.
Cardinal put up numbers, brought attitude (see is slapdown of the Gonzaga player's about hands two minutes into the game).
Nobody is going to confuse Cunningham with Gary Payton on D, but he was a true point guard.
Cornell (even though this was when he was still supposedly hurt, right?) was a lot better than I remembered, a long, dynamic scorer who could get his points in many different ways.
Then off the bench you had a very solid Maynard Lewis and Rodney Smith, and a decent defender in John Allison (no offensive game at this point.) Even Chad Kerkhoff, who I remembered as this joke player, did some point guard things (move the ball quickly--what a concept ! get into the offense quickly without dribbling in place for 8 seconds!) that I did not see a lot of this year from RJ and BS. Also, Kenny Lowe came off the bench.
Thinking about it, it is sad that Keady was fired within a couple years of putting together a team like this. Goes to show no coach is ever safe.
Coach Cal's young Wildcats were so poised down the stretch. Louisville, despite having a team full of players who won the championship last year, had a complete deer in the headlights look. Cal and his Cats got into their heads. UK is just peaking at the right time.
they're apparently trying to burn down houses in Lexington. I laughed when I heard it, but it'rs really not funny. I mean, a couch, OK, but c'mon.
Kentucky basketball fans are the worst fans in any sport. And I mean any sport. High school, college, pro, Olympic, Saturday morning youth league in a third-world country, hands down the worst.
It's all because they're about a millions times more emotionally invested in the success of their team than anyone could ever imagine, and it's due to their laughably low self-esteem. Ask any person around the country what comes to mind when you say someone is from Kentucky. It's not a pretty sight. Most would probably say acne-faced overweight alcoholics who wear plaid cutoffs, live in rundown trailers with their cousins and have more tattoos than teeth. Then consider the state of Kentucky is a wasteland when it comes to sports. No NFL team. No NBA team. No MLB or NHL teams.
But wait! There IS something they're good at! They have a college basketball program with the most wins in the history of the game and the second-most national championships. This is their saving grace. Something they can point to and say "suck it, pal." When all else fails, at the end of the day Kentucky basketball is good and people envy them for it. "Yeah, we may be a bunch of chaw-plugging hilljacks, but we kick your butt in hoops!" they say.
This is why they're so passionate. This is why they have thousands upon thousands of fans on internet message boards on a mundane Tuesday afternoon in July. This is why they crave success, why they tolerate cheating, why they don't care if their players go to class or graduate. It's why they go batshit crazy even by their standards when they win a big game. Kentucky basketball is really all those people have.
Say what you want about Cal, but this coaching job by him has been fantastic. He has these Wildcats peaking at the perfect time. I'd give anything for IU to have a real coach like that. There's more coaching ability in Cal's slicked back lettuce than there is in Crean's entire body.