Wildcats-Blue Jays: Kentucky Gets Big Win, Takes on Notre Dame Tomorrow

Nate HargisContributor IMarch 24, 2009

The big story the past week has been about Billy Gillispie and whether he will return next year, but last night the Kentucky basketball team gave the fans something much better to talk about: a comeback win on the road against a very talented Creighton team in the NIT tournament last Monday.
Kentucky never led the game by more than one point, until Jodie Meeks drove to the basket with 10 seconds and converted on an old fashioned three-point play. The Blue Jays missed a game winning three at the buzzer.

Meeks did not have one of his best games this year, but he hit big shots down the stretch for the Cats and poured in 13 of his 16 points in the second half.

Patrick Patterson got into foul trouble early and barely saw the floor in the first half. He played an excellent defensive second half as the Blue Jays were able to get nothing going offensively in the paint.

Also a big congrats to the big man, as he joined elite company in the 1,000 point club. Way to go, Patrick!

Perry Stevenson had a very good game, as he posted 13 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. He missed some shots but continued to fight and fight and help will this team to a victory.

A very big win for the Cats in what was a difficult environment, as the Creighton fans were loud and rowdy throughout the entire game.

The win extends the Cats' season, as they are rewarded with a trip to South Bend, Indiana to take on Notre Dame in the quarterfinals on Wednesday for the chance to advance to New York City.

Hopefully with this win the rumors will die down, but I doubt it. I just wish that the fans would focus in on this team and how hard they're gutting it out.

I listened to some call-in shows today, and no one wanted to talk about the great win last night. Instead, they talked almost exclusively about Billy. And while it is an important topic, I just wish the fans would direct their attention to the kids for the rest of the season.

Once this season ends, let the speculation begin and feel free to talk about it continuously, but until then, I say let's focus on Notre Dame and the chance to possibly meet the Florida Gators in New York.

There are still potentially three more chances to watch this team play and grow towards next year, and I say let's focus on beating Notre Dame and anyone else we might play, instead of having straw polls on who we want to be the next coach.

I will have a new post up tomorrow at some point, so look for that. Hope everyone has a great night.

Go Cats and let's beat the Irish!