Always good to beat Kentucky, especially in basketball because that’s the sport that really matters to UK fans. More than 24,000 of them descended on Rupp Arena, many hoping their tradition would be enough to humble the Cards. This win was especially nice one for a number of reasons:
— UK fans will have to live with the loss for a year.
— U of L fans will quit arguing between themselves about whether Pitino has lost his coaching touch, at least until the Cards lose another game.
— UK fans will have to read the red headlines in the Louisville and Lexington newspapers.
— Juan Palacios playing his best game since he got poked in the eye in his first game against UK three years ago.
— U of L finding a semblance of an inside game, even though David Padgett’s recuperation is an ongoing process.
— Jerry Smith pumping his chest, inhaling a major dose of confidence, scoring 17 points.