Reality sucks. That game really happened. And it was what everyone said: we had to play our best game of the season to beat them, and we just didn't. UK has a lot to do with that, their length and talent really made a big difference. When we tied it up with 9 minutes to go, I literally said "Oh my God" mainly because it was on a Siva 3. But also that we had tied it, which seemed too much of a stretch even for this team.
Then UK did what they do and what they have done all year: made a bunch of shots and got a bunch of stops. Even though he wasn't jumping, Davis affected shots and you could see our guys not taking normal layups, missing bunnies and the ball just baaaaarely going out.
Even with 2 minutes left we pushed it to 5 points, then UK broke the press and got some game-clinching dunks and that was it.
Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith and Jared Swopshire have played their last games as Cardinals. Jerry Jeff to them and the entire team.
And so the two year run (I think we will look back on the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as a tandem) of heart and teamwork comes to a heartbreaking end against one of the most talented college basketball teams of our lifetimes.
How about that Wayne Blackshear?