The University of Kentucky Wildcats were unceremoniously booted from the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic by the formidable and historic basketball powerhouse Gardner-Webb.
No Gardner-Webb is not the name of a player; it’s the name of a small North Carolina college that until 1969 was a junior college. The school moved to D-1 before the 2000-2001 season. The school, along with Central Arkansas, was scheduled by the mighty, mighty Wildcats as early season fodder for the home crowd, before the mighty, mighty Wildcats trekked north to play the big boys at Madison Square Garden. The big boys being UCONN, Oklahoma, and Memphis. All the aforementioned universities have also scheduled cupcakes at their home floors before moving on to New York for the semi-finals and final of the Coaches vs. Cancer event.
Some of those schools may be feeling a little pressure right about now.
Speaking of pressure, I wonder how first year coach Billy Gillispie is feeling right about now? After all, Gardner-Webb of Boiling Spring, NC is not supposed to waltz into the house that Rupp built and dismantle the mighty, mighty Wildcats 84-68. That is a 16-point thumping, at home, by the hand of Gardner-Webb; a school which just started playing D-1 basketball seven seasons ago.
I’m sure that the Kentucky faithful know who to blame. Billy the Kid just got started, these aren’t his players. Yeah…that’s it! The real blame lies with Tubby Smith. He screwed it all up!!