Clash at Kentucky will be home game for Duquesne senior

Nov 23, 2015; Estero, FL, USA; Duquesne Dukes center Darius Lewis (00) leaves the game with one minute remaining in the second half during the Dukes' game against the Pepperdine Waves at Germain Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports
Darius Lewis – Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports

When Darius Lewis was asked if folks from home in Lexington, Ky., might be surprised at how much he has changed when they see him tonight, his eyes said it all.

“Oh, definitely,” Duquesne’s 6-foot-11 senior center confirmed in no uncertain terms Thursday afternoon before practice.

The Dukes will enter No. 2-ranked Kentucky’s hallowed Rupp Arena tonight like most any other team — expecting a raucous atmosphere, walking into a buzzsaw of five-star recruits who will be paid handsomely for their services less than a year from now — but for Lewis, it will literally be a “home” game.

A native of Lexington, where basketball is king and the Wildcats rule, Lewis will have about 15 friends and family members on hand tonight when Duquesne and Kentucky tip off at 9 p.m., just down the road from the Elkhorn Park neighborhood where he grew up. Many more will be watching on ESPNU, and he’ll know plenty of others in the crowd of 23,500.

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Posted by Walter Cornett

Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.