The Kentucky basketball season starting is one thing… but conference-play starting back up is another.
If you’re like me every year when the Kentucky Basketball season ends… you eagerly calculate how many days until Big Blue Madness starts for the next year. It’s something in our blue blood that is always in the back of our mind regardless of what is happening in life. I almost believe if I was at a funeral a week before the basketball season started with some UK fans… while we were grieving the loss of our friend… at some point we would probably say, “Man, life is hard dealing with death… but do you think the Cats will win Saturday?” Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about… others may think I’m crazy, but it’s the truth.
Well when it comes to conference play starting up, you know exactly where you’re at in the season. You’ve played some not so good teams and some good teams, a road game and a game on a neutral court or two, and you can get a decent gist of where you think your team stands compared to the competition. Conference play leads to the SEC Tournament and then before you know it… March Madness will be here.
I’m ready for the SEC. I think Kentucky will win the SEC, but I do think each game will have challenges. Tonight’s game against Ole Miss will be a challenge. We just lost a road game against Louisville, and now we’re heading into a newly built arena, “The Pavilion”, against a very loud and passionate fan-base. Kentucky will score a lot of points in my opinion… I just hope their defense steps up, their shot selection is better, and we come out with a victory.
One reason as to why I love the SEC play so much is the fact that it reminds me of memories…
Kentucky basketball to me, is family. Not only the Big Blue Nation being one big family but also my immediate family… I know I’ve mentioned that before. When the SEC starts back up… it brings up the memories of my family cheering against Joakim Noah, Glen Davis, Chandler Parsons, Chris Lofton, Scottie Wilbekin, and even Ole Miss’ own, Marshall Henderson… the list can go on and on. The memories of my dad telling me about Shaq, Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley, and Corliss Williamson… etc. There are just so many wonderful memories!
So wherever you’re watching tonight’s game… cheer loud and proud, and if you’re with family… take the moment in, because in my opinion Kentucky memories are the best memories.