The Kentucky Wildcats defeat the Louisville Cardinals 69-61 to move on to the National Championship game. This is the first time that Kentucky has made it to the final game since 1998. Of course, it has been a team effort for our beloved Wildcats to reach this last stage in the game of college basketball. Clearly, this team is lead by super freshman Anthony Davis. He has led the Cats all season long and this Final Four game was no different.
To be quite honest, Anthony Davis’ performance tonight was historic when compared to other in the history of the Final Four. Davis did what he has done best all season, everything. He scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and swatted 5 Louisville shot attempts. The last person to record over 15 points, over 10 rebounds , and over 5 blocks in Final Four game was Danny Manning. That was in 1988. If my math is correct that means it hasn’t been done in 24 years. Pretty spectacular if you ask me.
We are now less than 24 hours away from not only the biggest match-up in Kentucky/Louisville history, but the biggest game of this season. The Cats are 2 games from the 8th title in this program’s illustrious history. Kentucky has the series lead at a 29 to 14 advantage, winning the last 3. One may ask, why haven’t the teams met more? The answer is that the two first met in 1913 but there were no games between 1922 and 1948 or from 1959 to1983. This rivalry has a different meaning than let’s say North Carolina and Duke. In the state of North Carolina you have schools besides the two blue bloods like NC State, Wake Forest, and a host of other smaller schools that actually contend among the basketball world. In Kentucky, it is either Blue or Red. Just being honest, the majority of this state cheers for the Cats and even the city of Louisville is said to be at a ratio of around 65/35 in favor of the Cards. When it comes down to it, we are all Kentuckians at heart but on game day, things change.
|Coaches: John Calipari and Rick Pitino|
Now, kick back and rest all day Saturday, you’re going to need it. This could go down as one of the greatest tournament games of all time. Or, it could just be a feast for the Cats as they pounce on the birds, either way enjoy!
Anthony Davis said that his knee was fine after the game against Baylor on Sunday. Apparently, that was not the whole truth. During his media time today, Davis said “ I’m not going to lie, I felt sore. It was tight, and I really couldn’t move it. It was just all the adrenaline that kept me going during the game. It started hurting after the game.“ After he said that I had some concern. However, soon after Davis explained that his knee is now really fine and back to normal. Davis told reporters that he practiced fully on Wednesday with no problems. Great news for the Cats. The knee is officially fine and ready to go against the Cards in the Final Four.