For the Kentucky Wildcats, Game Day has arrived.
Don't look for much rehash of the Wildcats' 64-56 victory at Auburn Wednesday night here. It was a good win inasmuch as every road win is a good win. But that's about it. Auburn is not good. You'll tell me they only lost at home to Florida by seven. I'll tell you they gave up 111 points at home in a loss to Northwestern State. Agree to disagree.
What none of us can disagree on is that when Julius Randle decides to play, it's a very good thing for the Wildcats, and he made that decision with just under 12 minutes to play at Auburn, and that was that. Also, the dunk by Willie Cauley-Stein in the first half — big time.
Regardless, the real proving ground now is at Rupp Arena, on Saturday night, 9 p.m., ESPN's GameDay cameras rolling.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, 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.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 21, 1970, No. 2 Kentucky defeated LSU, 121-105. Dan Issel scored 51 points, Mike Pratt 27 and Tom Parker 18 as UK outgunned LSU star “Pistol Pete” Maravich’s 64-point performance before 9,000 fans in the John Parker Memorial Coliseum. This was the ultimate shootout between all-time SEC greats Maravich and Issel.