That Kentucky has talent was never in doubt.
Its determination and heart, well, that may not have been as certain because the Wildcats hadn’t had to show it. Not often, at least, and certainly not lately.
There will be no questions anymore. Not after Kentucky was pushed so far by Notre Dame it had one foot on the bus, yet somehow managed to scratch out another win to preserve its hopes for a national title and the first unbeaten season in 39 years.
It wasn’t talent that made the difference in Saturday night’s 68-66 escape. It was heart.
How else to explain making the last nine shots against an Irish defense so pesky Kentucky had considered asking for a restraining order? Or smothering Notre Dame so thoroughly on its last possession the Wildcats looked to have both of their platoons on the floor?