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This Is Us…We Are UK

Freshman guard Tyler Herro (14) celebrates with senior forward Reid Travis (22) during the game against No. 19 LSU on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Lexington, Ky. LSU defeated Kentucky 73-71. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

Today was all about the Kentucky Wildcats. The excitement started at 11 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum in the line for College Game Day and continued to build until the doors opened at Rupp.

Normally I would write a recap on what happened during the game. However, if you are reading this you watched the game. You witnessed in real time the smashing of the big orange. This game means more than just the score indicates.

The crowd was indescribable tonight. The lines wrapped around Rupp’s entrance two hours prior to tip-off. There was electricity in the air.

The most disturbing was the amount of that “ugly orange.” They weren’t just in one section they were scattered all around both upper and lower levels. T

here were moments when the sound rang throughout your ears and the media table shook. For lack of a better word…it was “lit.”

There was the moment the former players formed the “Y”, there was the cheerleader tumbling from one end of the court to the other and there was Coach Hall on the Hunk Cam.

There was never any doubt as to the outcome of this game. The CATS came out angry and hungry. Washington scored the first 7 points of the game and then Johnson caught on fire. Montgomery and Richards both stepped up their game to give Washington and Travis some minutes of rest. Richards provided glimpses of what he could become.

The following facts are true. Tennessee is ranked #1 in the nation. Tennessee was scared and could not match up physically or mentally with the CATS. Schofield did not want any part of Washington. The Volunteers looked nothing like the #1 team in the nation. However, we did.

The Tennessee run came at the 10 minute mark. The CATS let the Vols crawl back in with “bone head” plays. The Vols cut the lead to 11 with 8:30 left. The crowd, all on their feet, willed this team to finish strong and the team responded.

This was a team effort. Everyone player showed up to play. This is what we are when all cylinders are clicking. This is what we can do to the #1 team in the nation. This is us. We are UK!


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