We’re several months into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling, and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.
On another note, we at The Turf have always been of the mind that standing up for what is right and standing up in opposition to hate and violence is necessary. In that same breath, we affirm that Black Lives Matter. To donate to this fight, or for resources on how to help the fight against systemic racism in the United States here is a small portion of the many organizations and groups to consider: Black Visions Collective, LGBTQ Freedom Fund, The Okra Project, Reclaim the Block, Color of Change, Shed Light | Spread Light, and Black Lives Matter.
Today: The Wisconsin Badgers shock College Basketball, by sending the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats packing.
The NCAA Tournament is full of shocking upsets, future stars, and big-time players stepping up in big games. That’s just a fact. You don’t get to name your tournament “March Madness” unless you can live up to the hype.
This game certainly does just that.
This Final Four matchup is really headlined by one team, and that’s the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats. After the season is over, six members of this Wildcats team will be drafted into the NBA, four of them going in the first round. Some names you might know from this team? Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, and Karl-Anthony Towns, who went first overall.
On the other side of the ball was a Wisconsin team that was led by Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, both of whom would join the previously mentioned Wildcats in the first round of the draft.
But the real story here is not whether the Wildcats can beat the Badgers, but whether or not they can defeat history.
The 2015 Kentucky Wildcats have made it to the Final Four without losing a single game. The last team to do that? The UNLV Rebels in 1991, who made it to the Final Four only to be sent packing by Christian Laettner and the Duke Blue Devils.
John Calipari‘s team doesn’t know it yet, but if they can get through to the Final, they’ll face Coach K’s Blue Devils. But first, they have to win, which might prove to be more difficult than they think.
See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.
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