Saturday, March 26, 2011

Color me Blue! Kentucky tops Ohio State

Well color me blue! Hell, I am so happy right now after the Wildcats beat the Buckeye 62-60, you could color me pink, yellow, black, brown, purple or any other shade found in a Crayola box.

Kentucky won a game where they had entered as a -5.5pt underdog. They found themselves victims of poor seeding by the selection committee and facing the #1 overall team in the tournament in the Sweet 16. The game had the makings of a Final Four atmosphere and the Big Blue Nation was abuzz.

A game that was said to be a match up of Experience vs Youth, with a subplot of Harrellson vs Sullinger; the game started in favor of the Buckeyes with Kentucky falling down early as much as 7 points. On the back of Josh Harrellson, who threw down 17 points, 10 rebounds 3 blocks and an awesome Spalding tattoo on Sullinger, they Cats hung around and showed grit and toughness not seen earlier in the year. The game would see 19 lead changes and after the OSU 7pt lead, neither team would go up more than 3 over the final 17 minutes.

Kentucky's early foul trouble saw the top 5 players (Knight, Jones, Harrellson, Miller, and Liggins) with 2 fouls before a 30-30 halftime.

In the second half, the Cats veterans players stepped up further. DeAndre Liggins took over putting 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assist, and 3 blocks on his stat sheet; including either scoring or assisting on 12 of the final 18 UK points.

In the end, the Cats saw their 3 point lead with 21 seconds to play expire with a Jon Diebler game tying three. Then you can copy and paste the paragraph from the 1st round game against Princeton. Brandon Knight who had struggled all evening, going 2-9 from the field before driving the lane, pulling up and hitting just the bottom on the net. Cats 62 Buckeyes 60... Big Blue Nation Erupts.

Here's Cawood Ledford's... I mean Tom Leach's call of the final 30 secs.

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