Willie Cauley-Stein, reduced to cheering on his teammates and watching from the bench, had clearly spent some time thinking about Kentucky’s championship celebration
He couldn’t help but think about it more after the Wildcats’ bid to cut the nets down in AT&T Stadium was cut short in the national title game on Monday.
“The hardest part is you want to leave on some joy,” Cauley-Stein said. “You don’t want to leave this tournament how we’re about to leave it. It would have been so much better if we left it up on this stage swinging our shirts and wearing our hats backwards and taking goofy pictures that are going to be with us forever.”
Instead, the Cats walked off the floor as the Connecticut Huskies enjoyed the celebration Cauley-Stein so vividly imagined. As if a 60-54 loss to end a remarkable NCAA Tournament run wasn’t painful enough.