Kentucky headed to Tampa knowing they would need to win the SEC to make the tournament and after an opening round win over Ole Miss, UK had a glimmer of hope, but the LSU Tigers quickly extinguished that hope with a nine point win yesterday. Kentucky would need to have played one of their best games of the year to win and instead they played one of their worst games of the year. UK which appropriately wore black uniforms yesterday almost as to signify that we can now basically bury this season as one of the most disappointing in UK history.
Kentucky was plagued once again by turnovers as they sometimes could just not get out of their own way. The lead stayed at 5-7 points almost the entire game and UK could just never take advantage of an LSU team that did not nearly play up to it's potential.
Kentucky which desperately needed a big game from Jodie Meeks in order to win instead got a season low 8 points as LSU did an excellent job of containing Meeks. I am not going to dwell on this loss much as it was a painful one for me and this fan base. Kentucky had it's chance all season to secure enough wins to make sure they would not be in a situation like they found themselves in, but instead lost to teams like VMI, Vandy, and Georgia.
I encourage everyone to watch and support the Cats in the NIT, yes it is not where we want to be, but these kids have gave everything they have all year long, they have busted their butts for this team.
No matter how much you do not like losing I guarantee that they hate it about a hundred times more. I have read from countless people that they won't watch this team in the NIT, and to them I say good riddance.
I find it sad that on Thursday people knew UK had won because there were so few people on message boards like <a href="http://catspause.com">The Cats Pause</a>.
Yes we are apart of the greatest program in college basketball, yes we are used to playing in Final Fours, but no one should be above cheering for this team no matter if they have only won two games all year or if they are in the National championship.
I for one will be at Memorial on Tuesday ready to cheer on these Cats, they have gave it everything they have had this year and I guarantee on Tuesday they will once again give it all they have. So I do not care how much you dislike Billy or how disappointed you are with the season do not take it out on the kids, show up be loud and enjoy the fact that at least we get to watch our Cats play at least one more time this year.