Bud Dupree Gets Honored in His Hometown 

The road formerly known as Pineview Street in Toomsboro, Georgia is now known as Bud Dupree Drive. Dupree stayed after the ceremony to sign autographs and took pictures while attending a street party and cookout on the newly designated street. A great honor for a great person and player.

Kentucky Basketball and the BBN

Kentucky lost to North Carolina tonight in the Elite Eight, in what should have been a Final Four/National Championship game. It was the definition of heartbreaking. I am not writing this to tell you what happened, because if you are reading this you more than likely already know what happened and would prefer not to be reminded of it. I am writing this simply as a Kentucky fan that feels the pain most of you (BBN) are feeling right now. Usually when the Cats lose, I am so depressed and just don’t really know what to do. But now that I am in the position to write about stuff like this, it’s different. Just like Matt Jones said on his post-game show, “We (the BBN) celebrate together and we are sad together.” He is right. Kentucky fans are the greatest fans, I do not care what anyone else attempts to say that opposes it. It just means more to us, the Big Blue Nation. The game today was essentially a home game, per multiple reports. What other fan base has that effect? If Kentucky would have won and proceeded to the Final Four, they would have had the majority of the fan base in Phoenix. It is crazy, we are crazy (just like Coach Cal says). Which brings me into the next topic I want to address, Coach Calipari. Ignore every single tweet/article/post that hates on John Calipari/Kentucky. Do not fall into that trap. They hate us cause they ain’t us. I know a lot of times that saying gets thrown around as a joke, but in this sense, it is true. Outsiders can hate and talk crap about Coach Cal until the cows come home, but it does not matter. Kentucky could not ask for a better Coach. And if you don’t agree with that statement, then you aren’t a true Cats fan and you don’t spend much time watching college basketball. Coach Cal gets it, he spoils us. Year in and year out we are the trending topic. Coach Cal has been to 2 Elite Eights, 4 Final Fours, and 2 National Championships (one win) in his 8 years at Kentucky. Look at those stats, that means UK is essentially in the Final Four every other year. Coach Cal’s success at Kentucky is remarkable. The media does not like him, solely upon the fact that he is conceited at times and he is an outkast compared to the other college basketball coaches (the way he acts, goes about himself, etc.) Not to mention he invented the “one and done” era of college basketball. But he is great, and he spoils us Kentucky fans. Every single year we expect to win it all, and almost every single year we are in the position to do so. That is why all of the ridiculous hot takes hating on Calipari isn’t worth our time. We, the BBN, are satisfied and will always be satisfied with Coach Cal leading our beloved basketball team. Since the John Calipari Era, not many teams are in the position we are in. Every single year we have a shot. Maybe Duke and UNC, but outside of that, I can’t think of any (don’t mention Kansas, they never fail to choke). My overall message is, don’t spend too much time dwelling on this loss, although it is a very, very tough loss. We know this, the one and done’s come and go, and every single year we are in the conversation. And that is how we like it. I couldn’t think of a better way to end this article other than this Calipari quote: “We are college basketball.” 

10 Things I Saw from UK-UCLA

  1. Shoutout to Lavar Ball!!! Lavar Ball continued his absurd comments that he has made all year before the game even tipped off. “Fox can’t handle Zo” Lavar said. And “I don’t think he is a top 5 pick in my mind.” Thank you, Mr. Lavar Ball. We, the BBN, all very much appreciate it. Those comments seemed to get around to De’Aaron Fox, as he put up 39 points to Lonzo Ball’s 10, outplaying him for the second time this season.
  2. Monk is BACK: Malik Monk had 2 points with 2:02 to go in the 1st half… He came out firing and finished the game with 21 points. He can still do much better than 21, but it is relieving that he had a good game tonight; maybe he can bust out for 47 points again when Kentucky plays North Carolina on Sunday at 5.
  3. Willis & Dom: The seniors came up big tonight. Dominique Hawkins went 4-5 from the field and finished with 11 points. On the other hand, Willis had 8 points, 8 rebounds, and also managed to dish out 4 assists.
  4. No Bam? No Problem. Bam was in a very different form of Bam tonight. He was essentially irrelevant tonight. He had only 2 points and 4 rebounds, but he did have 5 assists. I do not think we will see that Bam ever again. But it was great seeing the Cats get the win against a very talented team in UCLA without Bam making an impact.
  5. DEFENSE: The Cats streak of suffocating Defense continued again tonight against arguably the best offensive team in the tournament. UCLA was held fifteen points below their average tonight, scoring 75 points against Kentucky’s ELITE defense.
  6. Humphries & Gabriel… Although I bashed on them for their play against Wichita State last Sunday, they played solid tonight. They gave Kentucky valuable playing time when they got their chance. I think it was very good for the Big Blue Nation’s confidence, Coach Cal’s confidence, and most importantly, their own confidence. I hope they continue to be good in critical times of the game that they are in!
  7. Briscoe: Isaiah Briscoe has still quietly been great during the tournament. Briscoe tallied up five points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Briscoe also played great defense throughout the game.
  8. Lonzo Ball, lol: In the first match-up in December, Ball played pretty good (14 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 6 turnovers [season high]), but Fox still outplayed him although the Cats lost (20 points, 9 assists, 2 turnovers). Today was much of the same. Fox showed Lonzo Ball up, again. Ball finished with 10 points, eight assists, and four turnovers. Fox stole the show with 39 points, four assists, and only one turnover.
  9. Lavar Ball MIGHT Stop Running His Mouth (Until the NBA Draft): SURELY Lavar Ball learned his lesson tonight. He puts way too much pressure on his kids, Lonzo especially. Surely, he learned his lesson tonight. And hopefully, on behalf of EVERYONE, he will stop running his mouth. At least until the NCAA tournament ends.
  10. Kentucky Wants It, Bad. You can see in this team’s body language, they want to win. NOT just win the next game. NOT just make it to the Final Four. They want to win the National Championship. The team as a whole hasn’t gotten very excited yet. They weren’t very excited when they beat Wichita State and they weren’t very excited when they beat UCLA tonight. That is a good sign. These Cats want Number 9.

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