For the second time in a month Rece Davis, Jay Williams, Seth Greenburg and Jay Bilas will return to Lexington for the anticipated matchup of #5 Kentucky and #1 Tennessee.
The set up is the same but the venue has changed. As the trailers arrive with the lights, cameras and props they will bypass Rupp and make the turn to Memorial Coliseum.
Sports fans across the country will get a look at where the tradition of Kentucky basketball was born. The lights won’t be as bright, the video board not as big but Memorial has a distinct feeling. It is rich in memories and in the spirit of those who endured hours of sweat to elevate the Wildcats into basketball history.
Watching ESPN Game Day on your couch is just not the same as experiencing it in person. It is a chance to put on your blue and white, make a sign and make a statement on national television. A fan can boo when Duke is mentioned (guarantee they will be mentioned) and cheer as Coach Calipari enters the gym. Kentucky fans will once again prove to college basketball fans that the Big Blue Nation is the best fan base in the nation.
The actions of Jay Bilas over the past few weeks will no doubt be questioned. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone offered to read him a book. Surely someone will have a 94 foot sign with a “catchy” phrase.
I don’t think we will see Jay Williams riding a horse into Memorial as we did at Rupp. I have never seen such fear on a man’s face. Plus, the fact that he picked Kansas was not a good way to end the show. I am sure ESPN will have some tricks but I don’t anticipate a disastrous repeat.
The doors open at 9 a.m. in front of Memorial Coliseum. The show begins at 11 a.m. and can be watched on ESPN.
Get there early!! Make a sign!! Wear your blue and white!!
Lastly….nothing sucks like a big orange.
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