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It’s Time to Cheer for the Bad Guy

If you aren’t impressed by Kentucky yet, it’s time to believe.

If you think these kids don’t care about the Kentucky jersey because it’s a stepping stone to the NBA, you need to rewatch last night’s game against Notre Dame.

If you think these guys don’t love playing with each other and have truly bought into a team-first mentality, you need to either give up watching the game forever or start paying attention.

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Marcus Lee and the Wildcats are two games away from history.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime type team. The Cats survived a massive scare in the Elite Eight last night from Notre Dame. The fact is, though, it was a team who won the ACC, not some random No. 12 seed who pushed Kentucky to the brink of elimination. So, save the yelling about how if Kentucky was great they would blow everyone out.

What if this was Wisconsin or Virginia? Wouldn’t people be lauding about the defense-first mentality and stars sacrificing minutes and stats for the greater good of the team? Wouldn’t Marcus Lee be labeled a hero if he was wearing the blue and orange of Virginia for being a McDonald’s All-American and playing five minutes last night?

Instead, articles are being written on how this team is killing college basketball. Head coach John Calipari is looked at as a devil or evil mastermind instead of the best coach in the country, which he is. Just ask any other coach or national media member not named Pat Forde.

Yes, Notre Dame pushed Kentucky, but the Wildcats showed why they are 38-0. They finished the game 9-for-9 and didn’t miss a free throw. Instead of panicking, they did what they do best. They attacked the rim with Karl-Anthony Towns, which opened up the outside shot for Aaron Harrison and Tyler Ulis.

Then there was Andrew Harrison, the most criticized player in America. The player who, no matter how well he plays, should always play better. That’s what happens when you somewhat underachieve as a freshman despite being the No. 1 point guard in your class. With the game on the line and having three options, all passes, Harrison made the decision to use his size to get to the rim. The whistle blew and the rest is history.

Well, that was until Calipari and Kentucky haters took a simple post-game interview and ran with it. Calipari said ‘it wasn’t the toughest challenge, we just didn’t play well.’ No harm in that, but of course everyone took it as inconsiderate to Notre Dame. Not sure when the rule was put in place that you had to compliment your opponent. Personally, I’d rather players and coaches not speak about the other team and giving them props.

So, with today being Wrestlemania day. The quote finally makes perfect sense.

“It’s time to cheer for the bad guy. “ – Razor Ramon

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