The following is a live diary of the Kentucky v. Louisville game from the Below house in Chuluota, Florida.
5:37pm I leave my house in Winter Springs freshly showered, but mildly hungry.
5:56 My first visit to Backstreet Pizza for a large pep and garlic knots. It was not readily apparent if the “backstreet” name was in honor of the Backstreet Boys, or a failed attempt convey an urban, ethnic grit to a suburban strip mall pizzeria. Nary an Italian was in sight, and the two guys throwing dough may have a past that includes dance and vocal lessons.
6:09 Stress mounts as I am stuck waiting for pizza moments before tip off. The Backstreet staff continues “working” as it were in slow motion.
6:12 With nothing better to do, I scan the walls of the pizzeria and learn that the pizza “tosser”, Ryan LaRose, has won 13 “national and international competitions” for his work making him the pizza tossing equivalent of Lionel Richie.
6:16 Passed the Taintsville sign (obligatory smirk) and got first update “2-2 early”. The “early” was superfluous.
6:19 Couple of dodgy moments. Overshot a turn looking for the house, doubled back and almost hit a guy, with a kid in a stroller and a dog the size of a small horse.
6:22 Arrival with the score 10-6. First tv time-out.
6:28 Kentucky comes out of the first tv time-out runs off six straight to lead by 10, but lose MKG to a second foul, and foul Blackshear shooting a 3. Blackshear hits 2/3, and follows with a dunk. Terrance Jones dunks to make it 18-10 at the second tv time-out. Kentucky’s length predictably wreaking havoc on Louisville’s attack. Siva seems the only player capable of penetrating, but appears conversely incapable of finishing at the basket. He is a darkhorse to get tonight’s Peter North Finisher of the Night Award.
6:41 The under 8 time-out and Kentucky is up 22-12 courtesy of an improbable Kyle Wiltjer running-floater-miss-get-my-own-rebound-and-score-the-most-unlikely-basket-of-the-half-move.
6:42 Jim Rome appears in a commercial and I have to fight the urge to behead him.
6:51 Lousiville run cuts the Kentucky lead to 26-20, and Cal can’t wait for the tv time-out and burns one. Russ Smith has been the Cardinal protagonist.
6:52 Time-out well spent. Lamb beats press for an and one to restore control of the game. Touche.
6:54 The March Monotony commercial has just jumped the shark and taken Greg Anthony’s career with it. Let’s have a moment to reflect on what’s lost. Anthony was a great leader of the legendary UNLV team, one of the best on ball defenders of his generation, solid pro and competent broadcaster with occaisional noteworthy observations. RIP Bro.
6:58 Second foul on Jones and quietly we have a game. Lousiville aided by some transition points seems capable of scoring, and it’s now 31-28 with 1:27 to play in the half.
7:08 Wiltjer with a 3 and a steal leading to a foul and Kentucky is up 7 35-28. The final 54 seconds of the half are uneventful and the Cats lead by a touchdown, or as Coach Cal says, “a three bucket game.”
7:11 Tom Sorrells, family man, accoustic quitar player, motorcyclist, and total tool. Thanks channel six for the second worst commercial of the final four.
7:15 A breathless KennytheJet makes some lucid comments on the value of in-game decision making. Still wondering why he’s breathless…
7:17 Ohio State gets off the bus and Thad Matta gets interviewed. He has an enormous nose, and very little interesting to say.
7:19 Close up of KennytheJet’s suit. That friends is one breathless Pimp.
7:23 Start of the second half of this “three bucket game.”
7:26 Cal burns a second time out in what is now a “two bucket game” 37-32. Lousiville has been fiesty, and Kentucky lacks competent ball handling.
7:32 Game over. Kentucky 6-0 run out of the time-out to lead 43-32, and I am putting the fork in this one. Note Kentucky 8-0 scoring coming out of Cal’s time-outs. Pitino’s time-out yields a missed shot and a foul pushing the lead to 13.
7:44 Despite some valiant offensive rebounding, Kentucky is up 46-38. I am not retracting my “game over” declaration as Kentucky is not led by taco-thief and crunch time cretin Irv Walker.
7:46 Watch the tacos, lead is down to 4, 46-42. Impressive showing by the Cardinal. Keeping themselves alive when shots aren’t falling. 17-2 advantage on the offensive glass.
7:51 TV time-out. Kentucky up 48-42, but Louisville on the line shooting two.
7:58 Tacos are gone and so is the lead. 49 all.
8:00 MKG, who’s pro stock is dropping in my estimation, scores to go up 51-49, and Kentucky gets a turnover. MKG with a screw you Pink spinning drive and dunk to double the lead to four.
8:03 Pretty shaken by seeing Peyton Siva’s dad. Sort of a felonious cross between Don Ho and Perez Hilton. This was quickly followed by MKG doing a split at the foul line and writhing around holding his groin while play continued. Kentucky up 4.
8:06 Missed bunnies at both ends, but Miller nails a 3 to put Kentucky up 58-51 with 5:04. 9-2 run Cats.
8:12 Under four minute time-out Kentucky up 60-51.
8:15 Terrance Jones has had exactly two contributions to this game. Both mighty dunks. I don’t like him.
8:17 Cardinal resistance shines again. Smith cuts the lead to 63-58 with 1;23 to play. Costly miss on the second free throw, and Davis dunks. Lead seven. Siva air balls a three, perhaps his father’s highlighted hair hampered his vision.
8:22 Game over as I told you 50 minutes ago.
69-62 69-61 (edit by Mr.Charm). Monday night.
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