How many of thought this was the year John Calipari and his young Kentucky squad got theirs.

And how many of you were rooting for it. And how many of you after watching Kentucky play uninspired ball against Northern Kentucky and just knew it was going to be Gregg Marshall and Wichita State that drove a stake through the Big Blue Nation?

And then how many of you knew it was going to happen when the Shockers were able to slow it down, muck it up, in that first half? Looked like there was going to be a shocker blanket party of Kentucky, right?  Ehhhh!!

Give the Cats credit because in beating a tough as hell shocker team, that answered some of the questions about them; addressed the biggest raps against them. Namely, that while talented, they didn’t have the type of veteran leadership and experience to succeed in the tourney. That their young stars didn’t have the grit and experience to hang on the big stage. No one’s saying that now. Not after Wichita State couldn’t even get off a shot with the clock winding down late.

Two huge defensive stands by two young players and an ability to grind out a tough win over a fierce Wichita State squad shows Kentucky is a factor.

And the rap that they skated through and easy SEC schedule and wouldn’t be ready for prime time or have toughness or experience to hang at this level, is bogus. Same as they ever were. And that win over the Shockers, proves it.

And now we get the freak show that is Kentucky v. UCLA… Hell of a matchup. 19 national titles between them. Rosters full of future NBA players. Lonzo Ball v. De’Aaron Fox.

After they lost to UCLA back in December, Cal said “this is a lesson for us.” On Friday we get to see if they learned their lesson.


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