Ira's Weekly Column
By - Ira D. Combs
Director / Syndicated Columnist
Tri State Sports Media & Promotions Service Inc.
Cats Start Run For NCAA Title # 9 Thursday in Louisville
Finally , everybody that is a card carrying member of Big Blue Nation and for that matter everyone in the free world who cares about college basketball can pin the 40 – 0 talk on Cal and his boys back because they’re more than ready to take on the pressure of winning the remaining six games no matter who their opponent is .
Actually I think they embraced the 40 – 0 talk several weeks ago and are using it for motivational purposes every day the sun comes up . The 34 – 0 Wildcats will be just the fourth team to enter The Big Dance undefeated since Bobby Knight’s Indiana “Hoosiers” won it all without a loss in 1976 .
Evidently the boys in Las Vegas who set the gambling lines also feel the Cats are ready as well . Approximately 45 minutes after the CBS selection show went off the air the Las Vegas odds makers established the Kentucky “Wildcats” as even money to win this years 2015 NCAA Div. 1 championship .
Vegas hasn’t set even odds for any college basketball team to win the championship in over 20 years .
It all starts for UK this thursday evening at approximately 9:30 on (CBS - TV) at the Yum Center in Louisville , Ky. where they will play the winner of the tuesday night play in game between Manhattan – Hampton in Dayton Arena . Kentucky’s road to the Final Four is not as difficult as last years yet the NCAA selection committee provided UK with enough competition in the Midwest region for several stern challenges the first two weeks . The first game should hold no real problems then saturday UK will get the winner of Cincinnati – Purdue and should all things click in Louisville look for the Cats to have to beat two of the following (West Virginia - Notre Dame – Kansas – Maryland) in the regional round in Cleveland , Ohio to get that hard earned Final Four bid to Indianapolis , Indiana .
As the Cats left Nashville , Tenn. sunday afternoon with another SEC tourney title it appeared other than a little mental and physical fatigue having set in which is expected having played three consecutive games in as many days there was no injuries to report to any member of either Platoon .
All ticket’s to watch the Cats for thursday’s game in the Yum Center are already gone except for the allotment UK gets which will be used up in a student lottery and the rest for the UK athletics department . However , if you’re a seasoned college basketball fan who has traveled and followed UK over the years you know to set up somewhere just outside the Yum Center lobby Thursday around Noon and catch the losing teams fans as they leave each game Thursday and you should be able to pick up a few tickets for Saturdays DH .
Kentucky basketball in all it’s past glory and winning tradition still provided college basketball with a few “Wow Moments” this season . The beat downs of Kansas & UCLA to name a few plus 13 wins against teams that earned a bid to this years NCAA tournament .
But when all is said and done the first monday in April the biggest wow moment of all will be when CBS plays the One Shining Moment Anthem with Cal and his boys perched atop the podium in Indianapolis , Indiana as the undefeated 40 – 0 NCAA champs .
It’s just got to happen now .
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