“That wasn’t even basketball,” said Cousins, who was 9-of-10 from the field for 19 points and eight rebounds. “He was doing a lot of cheap things. I caught an elbow to the jaw from him earlier in the game. He’s a dirty player. The whole world knows it, especially after tonight.”
But it was more than made shots or rebounds or even hustle at halfcourt. It was grit. The Panthers chased Kansas around the floor like Kansas had taken their lunch money. Kansas was bigger, stronger and faster, as I’ve said, but Northern Iowa was pissed. It wanted that money back. Kansas was nonchalant, aloof. If this was a baseball game, through 37 minutes every Northern Iowa player would have had dirt on his chest and knees. Kansas’ uniforms would have been immaculate.
”It was flashbacks to ’96 – a team that was so good we actually got mad if the other team touched the ball,” said Judd, one of Kentucky’s most famous fans. ”That was a really spectacular win.”
They won’t have it that easy for the rest of the tournament. This is the same team that shot 3-for-16, 2-for-22, 1-for-13 and 4-for-16 from 3-point range in games played in the last 30 days.
Cats lay claim to the role of favorite (Lexington Herald-Leader)
During the pre-game introductions, McFarland let Cousins walk all the way to the center-jump circle to shake hands with him, then turned his back on the UK big man and walked away without offering his hand.
“An amateur move on his part,” Cousins said later.
Confident Kentucky Wildcats head into Sweet 16 (Louisville Courier-Journal)
If any team has played like a national champion over the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament, it has been the Wildcats, who blasted No.9-seed Wake Forest 90-60 in the second round Saturday in New Orleans.
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