Conscious of the college basketball hierarchy and history even as a high school kid, Notre Dame senior captain Ty Nash knew that Kentucky stood with few peers. He was well-versed in the work of legendary coach Adolph Rupp, who won national championships long before Nash was born. He dreamed of one day playing in front of sellout after sellout at the massive arena that bears Rupp’s name. He knew that Hall of Famer Pat Riley, who coached his beloved New York Knicks, played collegiately at Kentucky. He especially liked the style of Walter McCarty, a former Knick, who helped bring a national championship to Lexington in 1996.