A team of freshman needs a lot of things over the course of their inaugural season. They need to be tested in many different ways, all hopefully preparing them for the toughness of basketball in March.
Rupp Arena was packed with 24,000 jubilant fans celebrating UK’s first basketball national championship in 18 years. As the 1996 championship banner began ascending to the rafters, the crowd roared at a fever pitch.
Week 14 in the NBA for former Cats was headlined by the injury suffered by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats. In the second half of the Saturday night game in Houston, Kidd-Gilchrist was fitted into a neck brace to keep him immobilized and was carted off the floor on a stretcher.
One of the most difficult things in sports is trying to live up to expectations. Fan’s lofty goals for their athletes, particularly at UK, can be enough to make the most talented players wilt under the overbearing pressure.